The first ASEAN Dengue Day was commemorated throughout Asia on 15 June 2011, with an official launch in Jakarta, Indonesia. Regional and national celebrations were documented in the publication, Action Against Dengue: Dengue Day Campaigns Across Asia, which was published jointly by ASEAN and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dengue remains a serious public health problem in Asia. The interplay of vector, climate, international travel, human ecology and behaviour gives the disease its complex epidemiology. The periodic occurrence of large outbreaks in some countries in the region results in significant economic and health impacts. Enhancing regional preparedness and capacity through integrated approaches to surveillance, prevention and timely outbreak response are necessary for sustainable and effective dengue prevention and control.
Dengue prevention and control is a shared responsibility. Unless everybody plays their role, dengue will not be controlled. Key actions include social mobilization (community participation), vector control, case management, surveillance, outbreak response and research. Individuals, communities, private sector and government agencies (including non-health) need to work together to fi ght dengue.