2012 APEC Ministers support maternal and child health: "Integrate to Grow, Innovate to Prosper"
5-6 SEPTEMBER 2012 | VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA
Ministers of the Asia-Pacific region (APEC) met in Vladivostok, Russia on September 5-6, 2012 to review the current state of affairs in the region, assess the progress APEC has made in 2012, and discuss the way forward for APEC.
The Ministers acknowledge that although they are still facing uncertainty in the global economy, the Asia-Pacific region continues to serve as a major engine for the world economy and a key driver for international trade and investment through its firm commitment to the Bogor Goals and regional economic integration (REI) agenda, including a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP). In their final Statement, the Ministers “reiterate(d) our strong commitment to implement 2010 and 2011 Leaders’ instructions to achieve balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth, and to build a seamless regional economy by strengthening regional economic integration, expanding trade, promoting green growth, and advancing regulatory coherence. “
The APEC ministers also recognized the importance of maternal and child health. In a section entitled “Investing in human capital: promoting healthy lifestyles, maternal and child health”, three paragraphs outlined their commitment to maternal and child health:
“50 Recognizing that investments in health at all stages of life from pre-natal through aging are investments in the future, we welcome work to promote concrete steps to promote investment in human health including preventing and reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases and promoting health and healthy lifestyles in APEC economies (see Annex E).
“51. We support improving health, especially maternal and child health, as a source of dynamic growth and basis for the future healthy adolescence and aging in APEC economies and acknowledge the importance of ongoing strengthening of health sectors and pandemic preparedness. We note that innovations in diagnoses prevention, treatment, and disease management to support health are a source of dynamic growth, and that investment in healthcare, especially maternal and child health, as the basis for the future healthy adolescence and aging in APEC economies. We also acknowledge the importance of ongoing strengthening of health systems and pandemic preparedness and response.
“52. We instruct officials to work with stakeholders to identify high-impact investments along the life course that will yield commensurate economic and social returns and report findings to us in 2015. We also instruct officials to work with stakeholders to prioritize access by mothers and children to quality health care, including preventive interventions from pre-natal period and during their life. We welcome work to address the economic and public health burden of healthcare associated infections. We encourage officials to work with stakeholders to reduce the incidence of infections in healthcare settings.”