Description

The Regional Health Impact Assessment Forum, with the theme: Healthy Infrastructure for Healthy Economies, aims to share policy recommendations, health impact assessment (HIA) tools and case studies, capacity development and experiences of the HIA efforts in the region. These will be presented and discussed as a basis for further recommended action by the participating countries. The forum aims to bring together stakeholders from public and private sectors, civil society, and academia.

Objectives

  • Enhance awareness of the value of HIA in infrastructure development. This will focus on using the experiences in Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries over the past 2 years to inform and create awareness among health, environment, and infrastructure representatives from non-GMS countries in Asia.
  • Create an opportunity to anchor regional cooperation in policy, practice, and capacity development for HIA. As infrastructure development becomes increasingly regional, with regional transport projects, cross-border special economic zones, and impacts across borders of projects located in border zones, there is an urgent need for regional harmonization and coordination for HIA.
  • Develop a vision for health impact assessment as an important tool to address determinants of health. Countries around the world are upgrading their policy and legal frameworks to include the targets agreed within the Sustainable Development Goals framework and 2030 Agenda. Development without attention to human health is by definition not sustainable, and the ongoing policy/legal processes offer an opportunity to promote HIA, either as part of environmental impact assessment, or as a stand-alone but coordinated exercise.
  • Exchange national experiences promoted under the ADB project and identify gaps in HIA capacity and instruments that need further addressing. The GMS countries have HIA experience that goes back to 2005. The lessons learned will be of great value for those countries in Asia now starting up their own HIA activities.
  • Present sustainability measures for HIA application moving forward.

Target participants

Participants will be all players involved in the HIA ecosystem such as government officials, private sector, academia, ADB, and development partners. They will be from

  • GMS countries (Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam); Bhutan; Philippines; and other ASEAN countries
  • Development partners (self-funded)
  • Private sector (self-funded)

How to register

By invitation only

Costs

While attendance to the event is free, ADB does not cover travel and accommodation expenses of participants.

Event Contact

  • Susan ROTH (Ms) Senior Social Development Specialist Health Sector Group, Sector Advisory Service Cluster Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department E-mail contact form
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