The IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) is pleased to announce the publication of Public Health in Asia during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Global Health Governance, Migrant Labour, and International Health Crisis (Amsterdam University Press, 2022), the result of a joint project with the Leiden Asia Centre and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS). The project was spearheaded by IRC fellow Anoma van der Veere, with contributions from specialists in the region, including OSIPP professors and researchers, to assess the region’s varied responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in the absence of a clear leadership from the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is available online as an Open Access publication. We hope this publication provides important insights to how Asia coped with the pandemic.
Public Health in Asia during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Global Health Governance, Migrant Labour, and International Health Crises
Edited by: Anoma P. van der Veere, Florian Schneider, Catherine Yuk-ping Lo
Date of publication: February 9, 2022
Every nation in Asia has dealt with COVID-19 differently and with varying levels of success in the absence of clear and effective leadership from the WHO. As a result, the WHO’s role in Asia as a global health organisation is coming under increasing pressure. As its credibility is slowly being eroded by public displays of incompetence and negligence, it has also become an arena of contestation. Moreover, while the pandemic continues to undermine the future of global health governance as a whole, the highly interdependent economies in Asia have exposed the speed with which pandemics can spread, as intensive regional travel and business connections have caused every area in the region to be hit hard. The migrant labour necessary to sustain globalised economies has been strained and the security of international workers is now more precarious than ever, as millions have been left stranded, seen their entry blocked, or have limited access to health services.
This volume by the LeidenAsiaCentre, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s (KAS) Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS), and the IAFOR Research Centre at Osaka School of International Public Policy (IRC), provides an accessible framework for the understanding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia, with a specific emphasis on global governance in health and labour.