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APEC and Infectious Disease : Meeting the Challenge


  • Joel Gilbourd

    (University of Sydney)


This paper considers how the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) process, given its institutional characteristics, can contribute to the efforts undertaken by the World Health Organisation (WHO) against infectious disease (ID). By considering the history of APECs ID initiatives, this paper will show that there is sufficient interest among APECs members in using APEC as a health forum for APEC to significantly contribute to the WHOs work in this field. It will then outline the nature of the current international ID threat, what needs to be done to counteract it, and what factors impede effective countermeasures. The measures through which APEC can help the international community to overcome these impediments will then be considered. Lastly, the paper will show that these measures add value to the WHO process and do not duplicate it.

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  • Joel Gilbourd, 2007. "APEC and Infectious Disease : Meeting the Challenge," Development Economics Working Papers 21903, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:eab:develo:21903

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    1. Peter Drysdale & Sébastien Willis, 2013. "Asia and The G20," EABER Working Papers 23384, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    2. Jong-Wha Lee & Warwick J. McKibbin, 2004. "Globalization and Disease: The Case of SARS," Asian Economic Papers, MIT Press, vol. 3(1), pages 113-131.
    3. repec:aph:ajpbhl:10.2105/ajph.2005.072298_2 is not listed on IDEAS
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