Sustainable Asia’s Problems & Prospects in a present pandemic era:

Sustainable Asia’s Problems & Prospects in a present pandemic era:

In the wake of a new pandemic, Asia is facing an unprecedented challenge. The region needs to prepare for and respond to any potential outbreaks of infectious diseases that may occur.

This blog post explores Sustainable Development Goal: Good Health and Well-being by focusing on Asia’s need for sustainable pandemic response plans Sustainable development will be complex if Asian countries are unprepared with sound infrastructure, knowledge, resources, and policies. Before planning, several key issues must be addressed, including water sanitation systems, health care systems readiness, food security, and environmental sustainability. These five components have been identified as critical pillars in pandemic response strategies worldwide because they provide the foundation upon which all other elements rely.”

The United States cannot afford to respond alone to a pandemic disaster, and Asian countries should invest in readiness, prevention, public health surveillance and preparedness. The World Bank Group continues to work with partner countries in Asia to build the capacity needed for fast responses to save lives and livelihoods.

The South-East Asia Region at the International Finance Corporation (IFC ) supports developing a regional market for pandemic response products and services in member countries. In recent years, interest has been growing in developing a market that will give governments and corporations access to critical supplies when needed during an outbreak. The research will help inform how firms can develop strategies for acquiring, storing and supplying these goods before an outbreak to help prevent and limit its impact.

As the world is becoming increasingly interconnected, we see more global traffic of people, goods and services than ever. Asia’s proximity to Russia (a country with rapidly developing capabilities in biological research) makes it vulnerable to pandemic threats from abroad. Asian countries should adopt a multi-pronged approach that includes preparedness – stockpiling medicines as well as vaccines, diagnostics and personal protective equipment; response measures – improving public awareness on prevention measures; surveillance – strengthening alert systems; preparedness for outbreaks of zoonotic diseases; and mitigation strategies for outbreaks of foodborne infections

With adequate preparation and planning, any outbreak can be effectively contained through immediate action. The resilience required to deal with increasingly frequent and severe pandemics is not a choice; it is a necessity.”