INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Epidemiological Well-Being
Concept paper

Background

2020 has been a tremendous challenge for health care systems worldwide, including countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Progress in combating infectious diseases that had been achieved in the last decade has been threatened. The COVID-19 pandemic has heated many economic and social problems, which in turn negatively affect ensuring epidemiological well-being of the population.

Combating this new coronavirus demanded a significant diversion of resources from HIV/AIDS and other diseases, but it also demonstrated that the existence of sustainable systems and networks to combat infectious diseases allows for quick and effective responses to pandemics. This is very true for international cooperation and information exchange programmes.

Combating epidemics is one focus of the Russian Federation’s State Policy within the framework of development aid. Russia has taken a leading role in combating epidemics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, thus helping to achieve sanitary and epidemiological well-being in the region and actively involved in combating epidemics in Africa, Asia-Pacific region and globally.

For more than 10 years, Russia has implemented international and bilateral assistance programmes for polio, measles, influenza, HIV, neglected tropical diseases, Ebola and plaque. It has introduced international medical and sanitary procedures to prevent biological threats globally and to reduce the risks of drug-resistant infections. Current efforts have focused on the strengthening of laboratories in developing countries, scientific research, and training for staff. Effective collaboration has been built with WHO, UNAIDS, FAO as well as with intergovernmental organizations such as CIS, ASEAN, BRICS and SCO.

With less than 10 years to go to reach our common goal of ending AIDS by 2030, UNAIDS has been developing the next global AIDS strategy. The new strategy, with new global targets for 2025 and resource needs estimates, will shape the next United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS and its political declaration. 2021 marks the re-evaluation of approaches related to ensuring sanitary and epidemiological well-being of the population.

It is crucial to evaluate the challenges and successes through this period and to set priorities for further actions related to combating infections by 2030.  With this in mind, the Rospotrebnadzor, with support from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance and in collaboration with UNAIDS will organize an international conference in Moscow – Epidemiological Well-Being.

Dates: 20-21 April 2021

Participants: up to 3000 people (of them 200 in-person and 2800 online)

Countries: up to 40 countries from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Africa and South-East Asia

Scholarship programme: up to 150 people (including speakers)

 

Goals and objectives of the Conference

The Conference aims to discuss progress made to counter specific infectious disease globally, to highlight interim results for reaching the goal of ending AIDS by 2030 and to create recommendations for sustainable approaches, related to combating specific infectious disease epidemics and reaching sanitary and epidemiological well-being.

Objectives:

  • To unite scientists, political and community leaders with a view to encouraging and expanding global scientific and social cooperation to create synergy with healthcare and development aid.
  • To demonstrate Russia’s and other participating countries’ role and experience in global health issues related to infectious diseases.
  • To present the results of recent research, evaluate existing programmes focused on combating infections as well as to determine best practices in different regions of the world.
  • To assign roles and responsibilities, through expert discussions and case evaluations, for achieving sanitary and epidemiological well-being related to specific infectious disease epidemics to countries, international organizations, development institutions, academia, the private sector, civil society and other interested parties.
  • To organize regional consultation (in-person and online) for participants from countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia to discuss the new global AIDS strategy.

The Conference will address scientific research and its implementation to combat epidemics, taking into account regional and national specifics, relations between science and practice.

Participants:

Representatives from

Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Federal Anti-Monopoly Service.

Heads and representatives of health care services from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Africa and South-East Asia.

Heads and experts from intergovernmental and international organisations and UN agencies, including UNAIDS, WHO, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation), Unitaid, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Leading Russian and international scientists and experts in epidemiology, hygiene, virology and development aid within the health care field.

Civil society organizations engaged in the prevention of infectious diseases.

Conference Programme

The Conference schedule includes 2 plenaries and 23 concurrent sessions.

Format of Plenaries: presentation/speaker paper

Format of Concurrent sessions:  panel discussion, presentation and discussion

The Conference Programme will include speakers invited by the Conference Organising Committee. The Conference Sessions are non-abstract driven.