MMDA hosts int’l meet on infectious diseases


AFTER successfully hosting the 11th Asian Crisis Management Conference (ACMC), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to host an international meeting on prevention of infectious diseases.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the 9th Annual Conference of the Asian Network of Major Cities (ANMC) with the theme “Meeting City-Level Challenges to Achieve Millennium Development Goals on Infectious Diseases” will open on February 4.

The three-day annual conference gathers health professionals, various medical associations, medical researchers and city officials of the 13-member-cities of ANMC 21.

“Once again, we at the MMDA are honored to lead this international conference. We are hoping to learn and contribute in ANMC 21’s continuous efforts to stop the spread of diseases in the Asian region,” Tolentino said.

The forum will focus on relevant programs to control five infectious diseases in the region—the multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB), HIV/AIDS, dengue, leptospirosis and pandemic influenza.

Tolentino said each member-city of ANMC 21 will present recent medical updates and current policies to combat the outbreak of infectious diseases and discuss possible joint research and surveys.

“To foster learning and exchange of ideas, we will also invite selected guests with knowledge and expertise on the topics to provide additional insights into the trends, policies, challenges, and innovative actions against infectious diseases,” he said.

ANMC21, the organizer of the annual ACMC and the Counter-measures to Combat Infectious Diseases in Asia, is composed of Asia’s largest capital cities that work together on urban planning, sustainability and crisis management. The members are Bangkok, Delhi, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Metropolitan Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Tomsk, Ulaanbaatar, and Yangon.


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