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Oct. 10, 2018

Sharing public health data and information across borders: lessons from Southeast Asia

Region: South-East Asia Scientific publication Coordinating services within and across sectors, Empowering and engaging people and communities Source: Globalization and Health

The importance of data and information sharing for the prevention and control of infectious diseases has long been recognised. In recent years, public health emergencies such as avian influenza, drug-resistant malaria, and Ebola have brought renewed attention to the need for effective communication channels between health authorities, particularly in regional contexts where neighbouring countries share common health threats. However, little empirical research has been conducted to date to explore the range of factors that may affect the transfer, exchange, and use of public health data and expertise across borders, especially in developing contexts.