Health officials from 11 Asian nations are meeting in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, to discuss the fight against diseases such as AIDS, malaria and bird flu.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia told the participants the region faces unprecedented threats from emerging infectious diseases. She said local governments must find affordable methods to contain these diseases.
The two-day meeting includes the health ministers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, the Maldives, Nepal, North Korea, Thailand, East Timor and Sri Lanka, and health ministry officials from India and Indonesia.
A broader regional conference of the World Health Organization is scheduled to begin in Dhaka on August 22nd.