Socioeconomic impact and Policy responses to new Epidemics and Pandemics: ASSET contribution

Milan, 30th October 2015

Socioeconomic impact and Policy responses to new Epidemics and Pandemics: ASSET contribution

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has confirmed the socioeconomic impact of infectious outbreaks and the lack of adequate policy responses, despite the strong efforts made in the last decade.

Some advices on the issue are provided by

ASSET, A Resource in case of Infectious Threats”,

a leaflet that resumes some of the research, expertise and tools made available to public health authorities by ASSET (Action plan in Science in Society in Epidemics and Total pandemics).

ASSET is a EU funded project aimed to improve preparedness and response to epidemics and pandemics. It combines public health, vaccine and epidemiological research, social and political sciences, law and ethics, gender studies, science communication and media, in order to develop an integrated and transdisciplinary strategy.

The ASSET leaflet was handed to all the participants to the International Conference

New Epidemics and Pandemics: socio-economic impact and policy responses”,

organized in Milan on 27th October by the Italian CNPDS (Fondazione Centro nazionale di prevenzione e difesa sociale, National Centre for Social Prevention and Defense Foundation), with the contribution of ASSET project.

Here, representatives of International authorities, such as EU and WHO, and experts in epidemiology, socioeconomics, human rights and laws, presented their views on the issue.

Main speakers at the conference were:

Remo Danovi, President of Ordine degli Avvocati (Lawyers Association), Milan

Livia Pomodoro, President of Fondazione CNPDS (Centro nazionale di prevenzione e difesa sociale); President of ISPAC (International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme)

Paolo Vineis, Chair in Environmental Epidemiology, Imperial College, London

Paola Testori Coggi, past General Director of the Directorate general for health and consumers (DG SANCO) of the European Commission

Jeremy Bowles, Hub Economist, Country Programme, International Growth Centre, London

Giovanni Dosi, Chief of the Institute of Economics at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa

Luigi Prosperetti, Professor of Economic Politics, Università degli Studi, Milan

Marcello Tirani, Medical Prevention Department, ASL, Milan

Wendy E. Parmet, George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Northeastern University, Boston

Pia Acconci, Associated professor of International Laws, Università degli Studi, Teramo

Roberto Satolli, president of Zadig srl, ASSET project

Maddalena Campioni, consultant, WHO

Michel Pletschette, head of the “Evaluation and strategic analysis” unit of the Directorate general of health and food safety (DG SANTE) of the European Commission

Guido Calabresi, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Former Dean, Sterling Professor of Law Emeritus, Yale Law School


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