15 June 2020, Singapore – The ASEAN Dengue Day is an advocacy event held every 15 June to increase public awareness of dengue; to mobilize resources for its prevention and control; and, to demonstrate the commitment of ASEAN in to tackling the disease.
Each ASEAN Dengue Day is geared towards using the observance of ASEAN Dengue Day and ASEAN Dengue Conference as a platform for sharing best practices and experiences among ASEAN Member States in the prevention and control of Dengue.
ASEAN also aimed to reduce dengue morbidity median by at least 25% for the period of 2016 – 2020 compared to the median of the past 5 years (2011-2015). (Source: ASEAN Health Cluster 2 Work Programme for 2016 to 2020 https://asean.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Responding-to-All-Hazards-and-Emerging-Threats.pdf)
However, this year’s ASEAN Dengue Day has undoubtedly been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has closed international borders and shut down economic activities.
While we await the official reports from the 2020 meeting, here’s ADVA’s own snapshot of how individual ASEAN member states might be faring in their respective battles against Dengue.