The emergence of a new strain of influenza A H1N1 (swine flu) has led to the first influenza pandemic since 1968. The virus is receiving unprecedented attention from media, the public, and governments. As such, The Lancet and The Lancet Infectious Diseases joined forces with the China Ministry of Health to develop a joint conference programme with the objective of enabling leaders in their fields to discuss management of influenza and pandemic preparedness in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Lancet Conferences: Influenza in the Asia-Pacific
Preparing for Influenza in the Asia-Pacific: from Strategy to Operation
The conference collaboration was a great success and brought together around 900 government officials, key health administrators, experts from the medical and scientific communities, and industry representatives to discuss the management of influenza.
Delegates benefited from:
A greater understanding of the impact of virus strain evolution and pandemic preparedness
Enhanced knowledge and up-to-date scientific insight in to the influenza virus
An update on multimodal strategies to prevent and treat pandemic influenza
An opportunity to discuss perspectives and exchange ideas for the future of seasonal influenza control
An insight into fundamental public health and operation strategies to bring about change within the Asia-Pacific region