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    Matthew Mason

    Matthew Mason


    University of the Sunshine Coast


    Hello All,

    ACIPC is a partner organisation to the World Health Organization’s Global Outbreak, Alert and Response Network (GOARN). As such all members are invited to this forum and to share the invite through their networks. The forum is tomorrow (17th of December), I received the invite last night, so sorry for the late notice.

    Cheers Matt

    “WHO in the Western Pacific Region and The Lancet COVID-19 Commission would like to invite you to a forum, From containment to suppression – COVID-19 lessons from countries in the Western Pacific Region.

    Almost 12 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries in WHO’s Western Pacific Region have managed to avoid large scale community transmission of the virus: the Region has recorded less than 1.5% of confirmed cases, and approximately 1.2% of deaths recorded globally to date.

    There is no simple or singular explanation for the Region’s relative success in suppressing transmission of the virus thus far, but there are some important lessons which can be identified from countries’ experiences of the response: from the importance of preparedness and health system strengthening, the vital role of testing and contact tracing as part of a comprehensive public health response, the role of health communication in entrenching social norms around protective behaviours such as mask-wearing, handwashing and physical distancing, to the importance of regional solidarity and the ‘neighbourhood effect’-the benchmarking of countries in the Region against others aiming to suppress transmission.

    This Forum will explore lessons from the WHO Western Pacific Region for the next phase of the response to COVID-19, and for future pandemics.

    Join Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Chair of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission, and Dr Takeshi Kasai, WHO’s Regional Director for the Western Pacific, along with other speakers on 17 December 08:00-10:00am PhST.

    Register at

    The event will be conducted via Zoom and livestreamed via WPRO’s YouTube channel to enable policymakers, researchers, media and other interested parties to watch.
    We invite you to promote the forum through your professional networks and on your personal and institutional social media platforms using the hashtag #COVID19, tagging @WHOWPRO and @CommissionCOVID.”

    Matt Mason RN, CICP-E, FCRANAplus, BN, M Rural Health, M Advanced Practice (Inf Cont)

    Lecturer, Program Co-ordinator for Nursing Programs
    School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine
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