Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s resort island of Bali will host the Sixth International Bird Flu (Avian Influenza/AI) Summit from March 27 to 28, 2008, the event`s organizers said in a statement.
Top leaders and key decision-makers of major companies representing a broad range of industries will meet with noted scientists, public health officials, law enforcers, and other experts to discuss pandemic prevention, preparedness, responses and recovery of bird flu at the summit, according to a press statement of the Summit`s organizing committee, the US-based New Fields Exhibitions, Inc., on Friday.
The summit`s participants will be able to draw on first-hand best practices to create the solid business continuity plans that their companies and organizations need in order to prepare for, respond to, and survive a pandemic.
The summit would draw on the successes of the five previous summits which featured as speakers distinguished personalities such as Dr. David Nabarro, the United Nations Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, Alex Thiermann of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and Dr. Wenqing Zhang of the WHO Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response, it said.
Well-known emergency responders, heads of hospitals from around the world, and poultry industry leaders also spoke in previous summits. Included in the list are Adolfo Garcia-Sastre of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, John Thompson of the National Sheriffs Association, Prof. Oleg I. Kiselev of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Anna Thorson of Sweden`s Karolinska Institute and Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown, Vice President of Food Safety and Quality for Perdue Farms.
Among topics of discussion during the Summit will be Preparing Community Strategies, Local Partnership Participation, Delivery of Vaccine and Anti-viral Medication, National Pandemic Influenza Medical Countermeasures and Benefit-Risk Assessment: Public Health, Industry and Industry Regulated Perspectives.