Project Title

Integrative Medicine (IM) and COVID-19 Care 

Project Year

2021   

Project Number

HWG 13 2021A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

HWG 13 2021A 

Project Title

Integrative Medicine (IM) and COVID-19 Care 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: APEC Cooperation on Combating COVID-19 and Economic Recovery (CCER) 

Project Year

2021 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

32,000 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

32,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Health Working Group (HWG) 

Topics

Health 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Indonesia; Chinese Taipei; Thailand 

Expected Start Date

01/03/2022 

Expected Completion Date

31/06/2023 

Project Proponent Name 1

Libin Jia 

Job Title 1

MD / Scientific Project Director 

Organization 1

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(1-240) 2767790 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

libinj@nih.gov 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Libin Jia 

Project Summary

COVID-19 pandemic has huge impacts on human life globally including the healthcare. To face the unprecedented crisis and challenge, integrative medicine (IM) which covers a broad range of practices that integrate conventional medicine with complementary and alternative medicine and traditional medicine could and already play immense roles during COVID-19 pandemic. This project of IM and COVID-19 care could benefit both developed and developing economies of APEC to communicate and deliver current evidence-based medical systems of coping, prevention, and treatment on COVID-19, especially in areas of care on comprehensiveness, efficiency, feasibility, safety, deliverability, and cost saving.  The project covers 1) to conduct extensive basic research works to develop preliminary Recommendations and Guidelines of IM on COVID-19 care; 2) to have a virtual IM and COVID-19 Care Workshop in the fall of 2022; 3) to systematically review and incorporate Workshop outcomes into Recommendations and Guidelines on IM on COVID-19 care with publication.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world especially on the healthcare delivery. Under this situation, Integrative Medicine (IM) which covers a broad range of systems that integrate conventional medicine with complementary and alternative medicine, and traditional medicine could and already play immense roles on healthcare. Using evidence-based treatments such as nutrition and supplements, mind-body practices, excises and life-style adjustment, psychotherapy, herbal medicine, acupuncture/acupressure, teleconsulting, IM could provide therapeutic benefits for COVID-19 care and other infectious diseases, as well as cancer care, mental health, etc. Some studies and trials on IM have showed the efficacy and benefits for patients both in the developed and developing economies of APEC on COVID-19 care. Among APEC economies, many members have showed strong interest on potential methods, procedures, and tools of IM for COVID-19 care and general health care. To have an Integrative Medicine and COVID-19 Care project, it could promote IM research, trials and practices, and the integration with modern medicine in respect of COVID-19 care on prevention, treatment, and recovery (especially on the long haul COVID) for all APEC economies with sustained benefits. 

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: The major goal of this project is to demonstrate how IM can build better and effective system for more efficient healthcare on COVID-19 and related diseases during the pandemic.  The project is in compliance with the eligibility criteria of APEC Support Fund (APEC Cooperation on Combating COVID-19 and Economic Recovery) to address and manage the economic impacts of COVID-19; to strengthen public health system and capacity building; to expedite economic recovery, build resiliency against future large-scale economic disruptions; and to facilitate APEC economies to better adapt to available comprehensive tools to boost economic recovery and growth. In addition, the project will bring capacity building activities that promote better healthcare and economic growth in remote areas among APEC economies. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: This APEC IM and COVID-19 project is consistent with the goal’s capacity build of APEC member economies, especially to reach sustainable growth and equitable development of healthcare in the Asia-Pacific region; and to improve the economic and social well-being of the people; and to have cost-effectiveness from valuable outcomes of the project, and to work collaboratively with other APEC projects related to COVID-19. This project will bring APEC economies to consider using best evidence-based research and practices for healthcare policies, regulations and standards on COVID-19 care. It will promote Good Practice (manufacture, clinical) for APEC economies in health care fields. This project is in accordance with the concept and emphasis on APEC’s capacity building on innovation which brings proven best health practices and implementations, new approaches to solving the current challenges from COVID-19 pandemic. The outcomes of the project - the Workshop to bring expertise from APEC economies, the Recommendations and Guidelines on IM for COVID-19 Care, and publications will surely have long-term positive effects for APEC economies on healthcare, which not only for the current care on COVID-19, but also for other infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases.  Compared to conventional medicine, many IM procedures have the characteristics of low cost, relatively easy access and practice.  This aspect fits well with the APEC concept on cost-effectiveness to bring the benefit to APEC economies especially for those developing economies. Since COVID-19 pandemic affects all human beings, to find comprehensive and effective ways to lessen the impacts is very urgent and important. This project will involve both genders, different ethnicities, ages, sexual orientation, and disabilities. It will bring beneficiaries to above fields for all APEC economies.

Objectives

With an APEC IM and COVID-19 Care Workshop, project network establishment for supporting closer and effective communications and collaborations among APEC economies on COVID-19 related working fields and creating IM and COVID-19 care Recommendations and Guidelines and publications, the objective of this project is to promote high quality, feasible and effective IM applications and integration with modern medicine on healthcare, especially on COVID-19 care in the current pandemic situation.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC: This project matches the 2020 APEC theme on “Optimizing Human Potential towards a Future of Shared Prosperity”. Also, the project fits with the APEC priorities on the goals of Health Asia and Pacific 2020 on the following areas of 1) improving health emergency preparedness, surveillance, response and recovery systems for public health events and disasters in the APEC regions; 2) to encourage health research and support health innovation and to promote their translation into practice. Integrative medicine (IM) could strengthen health systems to support universal health coverage. This project will 1) improve certain populations’ access to safe, quality affordable primary health care; 2) bring government, academic and industry together to work on health care, especially on COVID-19 care and related areas; 3) bring innovation and advanced tools to the IM and COVID-19 care and other healthcare fields. The Recommendations and Guidelines, feasible and effective methods, procedures, tools, and systems of IM for COVID-19 care produced from this project will serve and benefit for all APEC economies.

Alignment – Forum: This project is closely related to the APEC Health Working Group on the Statement on COVID-19 (3/23/2020) ‘to reaffirm the central importance of collaboration at all levels to combat this infectious disease and commit to working together to bring this epidemic under control as fast as possible’. Through APEC IM and COVID-19 Care Workshop, with the presentations and discussions from IM health professionals, experts in the infectious disease area, health care policy makers, government and international health care officials, this project will extensively gather evidence-based effective care procedures, tools, products, and systems from project participating APEC economies.  With vigorous and extensive scientific discussions and reviews by the project working network, the outcomes of Recommendations and Guidelines and publication of IM on COVID-19 Care from the project could promote appropriate studies and clinical use of IM for COVID-19 care, and related diseases on quality of life, better and efficient healthcare systems, improved patient outcomes on care efficacy, sustainability, effective delivery and cost saving for APEC economies. All valuable and practical IM on COVID-19 care information from the project will be disseminated and shared among APEC economies and health care communities.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: 

Outputs: This project will have two main outputs including 1) holding a virtual APEC Integrative Medicine (IM) and COVID-19 Care Workshop; 2) Creating and presenting Recommendations and Guidelines on IM and COVID-19 care for all APEC economies. 

1. Research Work and Findings – Pre-Workshop work with basic studies

a) To conduct an online/in-person survey of the member economies and other COVID-19 care communities to find and select best practice examples and develop preliminary main areas of Recommendations and Guidelines on IM for COVID-19 care.

b) In addition, Workshop agenda will be developed, and suggested speakers and session hosts are assigned. 

2.  Workshop

a) Purpose: it is intending to gather integrative medicine (IM) expertise from research, clinical care, prevention, and policy make on COVID-19 pandemic from APEC economies to present and exchange information and experiences with evidence based effective procedures, tools, systems, policies on IM for COVID-19 care.

b) Duration: 3 days, 3 hours per day (adjustable if needed)

c) Location: Virtual (online)

d) Participants: Integrative Medicine (IM) and infectious disease care experts, government officials and health care professionals who are responsible for COVID-19 research, treatment and symptom management during the COVID-19 pandemic among APEC economies.  In addition, the representatives from WHO, academic and private sectors will be invited to share the experiences on COVID-19 care with IM.

e)  The presenting and discussion topics on the Workshop will be:

i. Emergency needs and merging frontier of IM for COVID-19 care

ii. IM applications on COVID-19 prevention and treatment and symptom (long haul COVID) management

iii. Integration of IM and conventional medicine for COVID-19 care

iv. New and emerging procedures, tools and systems of IM used for COVID-19 care

v. Health policies on COVID-19 care

vi. A session that speaks to female perspectives

vii. Sessions that discuss the research findings, recommendations/guidelines with the differentiated by the unique circumstances of APEC member economies.

viii. A (discussion) session on developing individual action plans that the participants take to the home economies to implement. 

f) The Workshop will be open to all APEC economies and interested health care communities. 

3. Forming Recommendations and Guidelines of IM and COVID-19 care and Publication

a) Purpose: To present IM and COVID-19 care Recommendations and Guidelines for the healthcare of APEC economies and publish on the medical science journal (APEC has the copyright)

b) Procedures: With the Workshop outcomes, project networking’s extensive review and discussions, the final Recommendations and Guidelines of IM on COVID-19 care will be formed.

c)  The contents of the Recommendations and Guideline will be:

i.  The background and needs of IM for COVID-19 care

ii. The evidence based effective procedures, tools, and systems of IM on COVID-19 care

iii. How to effectively combine IM and conventional medicine for COVID-19 care

iv. The issues, challenge, and improvements of IM on COVID-19 care

v. How to help developing APEC economies to use IM for COVID-19 care

vi. The future development of IM on COVID-19 care

vii.  Suggestions on how APEC can do more on COVID-19 care

4.  Project Report

a) The Project Report will include the main output of ‘Recommendations and Guidelines of IM and COVID-19 care and publication along with other aspects of the Project such as the results of the post-Workshop evaluation, key findings, achieved impacts, etc.

b) The estimated length of the Project Report will be around 30 – 40 pages (adjustable based on the final contents).  It will be formed by discussions with participated project members on the organization of this Project Report for its table of content, executive summary, scope, target audience, capacity building, outputs with associated measures/indicators, structures, associated weblinks and resources, etc. 

Outcomes: 

1)  The outcomes’ indicators of this project will be 1. A Workshop on IM and COVID-19 care for APEC members to bring expertise in the areas of research, practice, clinical trials, population science and health care policy for exchanging and promoting effective ways on IM for COVID-19 care and other diseases; 2. Evidence-based effective IM care procedures, products, methods, tools, systems and policies on COVID-19 care will be reviewed and distributed among APEC members and health care communities; 3. Valuable project information including Workshop presentations and discussions, Recommendations and Guidelines on IM for COVID-19 care will be submitting to the APEC and published. These outcomes will be available to all APEC members and health care communities. 

2) All project outcomes that capture learnings from all aspects of the project for current and future actions and for the purpose of capacity building in the region, and Recommendations and Guidelines of IM on COVID-19 care, as well as other key research findings and takeaways from the Workshop among other items will be collected in a Project Report disseminated for all APEC members. We will have discussions with participated project members on the organization of this Project Report for its table of content, executive summary, scope, target audience, capacity building, outputs with associated measures/indicators, and structure, etc. 

3) What we expect for the near-term changes in government policy is that by attending the Workshop, the understanding of the current needs for IM in the COVID-19 prevention, treatment and symptom management will be increased, and the effective workable IM systems for the COVID-19 care will be adopted, and the combination between IM and conventional medicine on the COVID-19 care will be harmonized, and evenly to create high quality and high efficient medical system on COVID-19 care. 

Beneficiaries: 

Members of APEC Health Working Group, Life Sciences Innovation Forum, other APEC fora with COVID-19 projects; WHO, FDA, organizations, and experts in the area of IM and COVID-19 care from APEC economies will be invited. This project will have beneficiaries for:

1) The primary beneficiaries who are participants from the APEC Forum. Secondary beneficiaries are those that may not attend the event but may benefit from the project outcome information such as Recommendations and Guidelines in the Project Report. 

2) Senior level IM and COVID-19 care researchers, practitioners, educators among APEC economies. By attending the Project Workshop, the evidence based effective tools, products, procedures, and systems of IM on COVID-19 care could enhance and promote the knowledge obtaining for these people.  The IM on COVID-19 care information will make Workshop participants learn the most frontier means in the area and could be used for future applications.     

3) Health care policy makers/analysts of APEC economies especially for those government and Medicare officials who are involved in the policy and strategy setting of this pandemic control, prevention, and COVID-19 patient treatment.  In additional, medical professionals with skillsets and experiences directly on patients’ treatment.  The effective and workable healthcare policy of IM on COVID-19 care could be used or adopted (selectively) for each APEC economy based upon their own system structure and feasibility. 

4) Providers and developers of IM systems, procedures, and products (on efficacy, quality control and standardization), especially those senior and leaders who are directly involved in the medical service and products, and care procedure applications during this pandemic.  They could be from institutional or private sectors with the qualification of COVID-19 care experiences or involved in related medical products and service protocol development. The comprehensive IM on COVID-19 care information will allow care providers and developers gain new and innovative concepts, clinically tangible examples for their future research, practice, and products development. 

Eventually this project will benefit COVID-19 patients, promote better healthcare delivery, and economy recovery and development for APEC economies. When more COVID-19 patients including those with long haul symptoms are cared by evidence based effective IM, their cure quality levels and conditions could be improved.  COVID-19 pandemic affected APEC economies could be benefited from this project to have more patients recovered quickly and effectively. With IM care professional’s instruction, even for uninfected normal population, this project could provide better COVID-19 prevention means and self-care procedures for person’s health status.

Dissemination

The main channels to disseminate the information of this project will be on APEC website such as the Health Working Group (HWG), NCI website, and project email network.  The Project Report endorsed by the HWG and approved by the Secretariat will be published on APEC official website.  Through media release, and on the publication of the papers to a scientific journal, the planning disseminated project information will be:

1) The Announcement of the project Workshop with registration information

2) The Workshop Reports which include all the presentations and discussions from the Workshop (will be published on high impacted scientific journal after the review and approval from the APEC Secretarial).  APEC has the copyright of this documentation.

3)  The Project Report (with all the project information)

4)  The Recommendations and Guidelines of IM on COVID-19 Care 

The form of the publication is e-version which will be available for all APEC economies.  With small number of hard copies (around 100) on paper format (with the support from participated economies) which will be distributed to each APEC economies for project participated members and related medical science professionals, health care communities and organizations. We will follow the APEC’s Data Privacy policy to protect personal information on all project documents and publications.

The Workshop will be open to all APEC economies and other health care communities and audiences who are interested in IM and COVID-19 care, prevention, research and health care policy application and development. The targeted audiences of the outcomes of this project will be medical professionals on COVID-19 researchers, trials and care givers, and health care policy makers. All outcomes from this project will be freely disseminated to all APEC economies.  There are no sell outputs from this project.

Gender

Since COVID-19 pandemic impacts everyone and no gender discrimination, to have gender balanced consideration on

implementing the project is needed. This project will try to cover as many female participants (both presenters and audiences) as possible for the Workshop, and the composition of the project working network.

PO is committed to collecting sex disaggregated data for all speakers and participants (not only those funded by APEC) at the project event. This data will be included when submitting a Completion Report to the Secretariat upon completion of the project, as well as providing guidance to future POs on their own gender parity targets.

Targets

Female Participants (%)

40-50%

Female Speakers/Experts (%)

40-50%

5 Pillars (you may tick more than one)

1

Access to Capital and Assets

NA

2

Access to Markets

NA

3

Skills, Capacity Building, and Health

Yes

4

Leadership, Voice and Agency

Yes

5

Innovation and Technology

Yes


Work Plan

·   Timing

 Activity

Output

March or April 2022

Select contractor

A signed contractor

May 2022

Develop scope for initiatives

Draft IM and COVID-19 Care project implementation plan including primary outlines of Recommendations and Guidelines of IM on COVID-19 Care

June 2022

Develop IM and COVID-19 Care Workshop agenda and invite experts and hosts

The Workshop announcements will be sent out to APEC economies, other interested economies, and health care related communities, organizations.

July 2022

General Information Circular (GIC)

To disseminated to participants of the Workshop with agenda and registration details and list of speakers

6-8 September 2022

Virtual Workshop will be held

The Workshop will be available to all APEC economies and other interested economies.

September 2022

Post-Workshop evaluation

Obtain insight into the success of the Workshop

October 2022

Submit the APEC Project Monitoring Report to the Secretariat

APEC Project Monitoring Report

October to

December 2022

A special edition of Workshop reports for presentations and discussions on IM and COVD-19 care will be edited through project working network’s implementation.

An APEC IM and COVID-19 Care working network will be formed to review and select valuable presentation information from the Workshop to form a special edition. It will be available to all APEC economies and published on a high impacted scientific journal.

January to March 2023

Invite project involved APEC economies to work on the IM and COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines

APEC economies with effective IM procedures, products, tools, systems, and policies will be reviewed and selected for the Recommendations and Guidelines. In addition, suggestive collaborations on IM for COVID-19 care among APEC economies will be processed.

April to May

2023

Recommendations and Guidelines for IM and COVID-19 care will be written

The outcomes from the Recommendations and Guidelines on IM and COVID-19 will be available to all APEC economies.

April 2023

Review all project activities and submit the Project Report to the Secretariat to review and thereafter to HWG for endorsement

Endorsed Project Report

August 2023

Submit the APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents to the Secretariat

APEC Project Completion Report

6 to 12 months after the project completion

Participate in the Long-Term Evaluation of APEC Projects Survey conducted by the Secretariat

Risks

In general, it may not have high risks for this project since all the activities are running through virtual and online format including Workshop (online), emails for all the project related communications, outcomes (Recommendations and Guidelines of IM on COVID-19 care), and papers submission and publication.

In case of technical difficulties happening during the virtual Workshop, it will have pre-recorded presentations for the backup. And a backup host economy (project co-sponsored economy) with host setting will be ready in case the primary host has issues during the Workshop.  Professional audio and video (AV) staff will always be on duty for monitoring the Workshop event for its smooth running. Quick session rehearsal may be needed before the workshop.

To have certain number of participants (plan to have ~100 or more) for the Workshop is essential. The Workshop announcement will ask planned participants to do the registration and give reminders before the start of the Workshop.  All Workshop organization committee members from each APEC economies will closely work together to manage well for the Workshop.

In case the severe COVID-19 pandemic may slow down the progress of the project, such as presentation preparations by some speakers who may not be able to finish or available on time.  Under this situation, the leader of the project will effectively communicate with the original speaker and find backup.  With practical and well implementing plan, all the participants from each APEC economies for the project will have enough time to arrange and join the scheduled events, and the progress deadline will be checked frequently for making the project running smoothly and processed on time.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Output

Indicator

Target

Evaluation Method

Reporting Method

To develop main outlines on Recommendations and Guidelines on IM for COVID-19 care

To conduct basic research among project participated economies for developing preliminary main outlines Recommendations and Guidelines on IM for COVID-19 care

The main outlines of the Recommendations and Guidelines will cover the evidence-based care trials, methods, protocols, products, and policies.

Reviewed by project participation economies with consensus and satisfaction

To email to project involved APEC economies, and report to the Secretariat and HWG.

IM and COVID-19 Care Workshop

1. Experts, speakers, moderatos engaged, number of APEC economies attended

2. Gender balance and a special session that speaks to female perspectives

3. The number of total Workshop participants

4. Survey and feedback for the satisfaction

5. A Workshop summary report will be presented to the HWG.

6. Workshop Agenda

The preliminary agenda: Day 1. 1) The opening session; 2) The session on the needs of IM for COVID-19 care; 3) The session on the integration of IM with conventional medicine on COVID-19 care

    Day 2. 1) The session on new and emerging systems of IM on COVID-19 care; 2) The session on policy for COVID-19 care; 3) The session on the research findings, Recommendations/ guidelines with differentiated by the unique circumstances of APEC members

Day 3. 1) A special session for women’s perspectives on COVID-19 care; 2). A discussion session on how each APEC economy to develop individual action plans for implementation; 3) Workshop ending remarks

1. Around 25-30 invited speakers/moderators/ panelists and around 100-150 participants from 2/3 of the APEC member economies to participate the Workshop.

2.  Aimed to have at least 30-40% of female speakers/ moderators/ panelists. And 40-50% of participants are female. Female participants are encouraged.

3.  It is expected that more than 70% of. the participants satisfied with the results of the Workshop.

4.  The Workshop agenda will cover essential and key areas of COVID-19 care with IM and combination with modern medicine. It will present current evidence-based comprehensive COVID-19 research, trials and patient care tools; procedures and systems; more efficient health care policies. It will find and adopt practical COVID-19 cares and policies which are suitable for each APEC economy on their control for the pandemic. 

Event attendance list and review report

Completion Report

Project Report (all collected Workshop information based upon the APEC’s project report policy and guidance)

1. Special issue (report) of APEC Workshop presentations                    and discussions

2. Contents and number of pages

3. Contain the evidence-based frontier and comprehensive IM on COVID-19 care

4. It will be submitted to the Secretariat and be published as medical science file (APEC has the copyright) after the review and confirmed from APEC.

1.  The Project Report will be available to all APEC economies.

2.  The Project Report will also be sent to the WHO, COVID-19 research, trials and care givers institutions.

3.  The Project Report will be available to the medical communities.

Certification by PO and submission to the Secretariat, and HWG

Email to the Secretariat and report to the HWG

Recommendations and Guidelines of IM and COVID-19 Care

Evidence based effective procedures, tools, policies, and systems of IM on COVID-19 care are collected, reviewed, summarized, and presented.

The Recommendations and Guidelines of IM and COVID-19 Care will focus on the areas of prevention, treatment, and symptom management. it is also aimed to find ways for the challenge from this COVID-19 pandemic, such as post and long-haul affects. The Recommendations and Guidelines will be submitted to the APEC Secretariat and circulate in HWG for review and support.

Reviewed by project working group, and certificated by PO, and submission to the Secretariat, and HWG

Email to the project participation members, Secretariat, and report to the HWG

Project Report and publications

The project will have two outcome documentary files (papers) which will be published as APEC publications (with APEC copyright). One is the Recommendations and Guidelines of IM on COVID-19 Care; another is Workshop reports. High impacted medical science journal will be chosen to disseminate the IM and COVID-19 care information.

For each publication paper, it will contain title page, all affiliated authors, abstract, introduction, Workshop session summary, detail contents on IM for COVID-19 care, discussion and conclusion from different presented tools, procedures, and systems.

Reviewed by project working group, and certificated by PO, and submission to the Secretariat, and HWG

Email to the project participation members, Secretariat, and report to the HWG

Outcome

Indicator

Target

Evaluation Method

Reporting Method

Effectively exchange the information and experiences on IM on COVID-19 care among APEC economies

Augment understanding on IM for the COVID-19 care

Build capabilities in IM on COVID-19 care applications

Promote closer collaborative relationships on IM and COVID-19 care among APEC economies

Observed of areas and levels of understanding and knowledge of IM on COVID-19 care expanded and increased among APEC economies

New and future collaborating intention coordinated

70% or more

The Workshop and project network could effectively promote the understanding and information exchange on IM and COVID-19 care among APEC economies.

It is anticipated several future collaborating intentions or collaborations will established through this project.

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Completion Report and report to the Secretariat, and HWG

IM on COVID-19 care measures for the inclosing indicators

Level of understanding and interesting with the practicality of learning on IM and COVID-19 care implementation measures

70% or more

Ex-ante and ex-post evaluations

Completion Report and report to the Secretariat, and HWG


Linkages

This is the first APEC project on Integrative Medicine (IM) on COVID-19 care. Not only the participated APEC members will play roles on the project, but also other APEC members and non-APEC stakeholders could join and get benefits from the valuable outcomes and products of this project on the research, practice and trial information, prevention and treatment procedures, methods, tools, recommendations, and guidelines of IM on COVID-19 care. This project will work with other APEC COVID-19 related projects cross fora from Health Working Group, Life Sciences Innovation Forum, Digital Economic Steering Committee, Committee on Trade, and Investment to deepen understanding on effective COVID-19 care, and for better research, trials, and treatment outcomes of IM on healthcare.

The current COVID-19 pandemic impacts all APEC economies. To face this unprecedent challenge, APEC has puts big efforts to support many different projects to lessen the impacts of the pandemic and help the recovery of the economy for APEC economies.  With effective strategy and strong leadership, the APEC provides specific funding mechanism on projects related to COVID-19.  Therefore, APEC funding support is the best source for this project which will bring benefits for the APEC economies on healthcare.

Sustainability

The Workshop presentations (with permission from authors), session discussions and summary will be available to the participants, related stakeholders, and beneficiaries for reference and future use.  The Workshop provides a good platform for participants to learn and interact on interested tools, methods, procedures, and systems of IM for COVID-19 care and develop future or new collaborations in the field. The project working network brings participated APEC economies closely working on the project.  The working relationship among members will benefit not only for the project, but also lead to new and future collaborations. This working model could be referred for APEC’s future projects. The Recommendation and Guidelines of IM on COVID-19 care from the project will be disseminated among all APEC economies.  The contents are not only used for COVID-19 care and other infectious diseases but could also have potential application value for other diseases and future health-related areas. 

It is evident that IM when used properly has the efficacy for the health care including the care on COVID-19.  After the project completion, with information and knowledge sharing, capacity building and potential collaborations establishments from the Workshop, project produced ‘Recommendations and Guidelines of IM on COVID-19 Care’, and publications, the participants from APEC economies and other health care communities could gain visions comprehensively into the evidence-based IM on COVID-19 care in terms of prevention, treatments, and symptom managements.  The documents and publications will be collected into the achieve database for APEC Health Working Group (HWG) 2021-2025 Strategy Plan.  It is encouraged for all the project participants to continue communicate and share new developed COVID-19 care tools, procedures, policies, and systems. The established relationships from project network could bring more collaborations for future projects. 

The progress on the outcomes will be measured with detailed indicators by the project leaders and working network’s review and survey.  The measure areas involve:

1. Indications on the completeness based upon the project plan (dates, activities, and implementation);

2. The project detail completeness contents based upon the needs on the APEC Project Completion Report; and

3. Final review and report on the project with data and information for all evaluated areas.

The evidence-based effective IM practices and applications for COVID-19 care could not only play important roles during the current pandemic, but also could be used as an efficient and comprehensive medical practice in the post pandemic for other infectious diseases, and for other health care. The effective delivery of IM on COVID-19 care will be used as good medical practice for APEC economy and health recovery.

Project Overseers

Dr. Libin Jia is the Scientific Program Director at National Cancer Institute of USA. It is his idea to propose this APEC project. He has over 30 years of experiences on medical research and international collaborative projects in the areas of integrative medicine, human virus (HBV) research, cancer, early drug development, genomics, and human gene finding and annotations. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been closely communicating with US researchers and patients care professionals in the COVID-19 caused long-haul symptom management.  In addition, he organized an international meeting between US and Thailand on integrative Medicine care for COVID-19 patients in May 2021. 

Contact:

Libin Jia, MD

Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis

National Cancer Institute, USA

Tel:  1-240-276-7790, Fax: 1-240-276-7888, Email: libinj@nih.gov


Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

A)  Contractor – Event Manager

Task No.

Specific Tasks

No. of Hours Per Task

Hourly Rate

(US$)

Total Amount (US$)

1.              

To identify and contact vendors with suitable equipment, high speed internet capacity, and event management experiences plan, and to finalize agreement for 3-day virtual Workshop. It may need to contact several companies to find a suitable contractor which is the best fit for the needs on this APEC project may take several days to finish.

30

40

1,200

2.              

To draft General Information Circular (GIC) – to have the detailed information for the Workshop announcement, registration and communicating with all project participants for event dissemination

32

40

1,280

3.              

Identifying and contacting around 30 speakers and moderators from academic and institutional sectors for their availability and confirming their attendance for the Workshop

40

40

1,600

4.              

Creating invitation for government officials, and non-government officials and international health organization representees and confirming their attendance for the Workshop

40

40

1,600

5.              

Identifying and inviting IM products and COVID-19 care providers and confirming their participation in the Workshop

23

40

920

6.              

Identify graphic designer for the Workshop announcement and registration form

20

40

800

7.              

Event Marketing and Outreach (advertising banner and infographic video or picture)

40

40

1,600

Total Hours

225

40

9,000

B)   Contractor – Rapporteur, Scenario  and Collaborations Planning, Systematic Review and Report

Task

No.

Scope of work

No. of Hours

Hourly Rate

Total Amount (US$)

1.     

Pre and post 3-day Workshop plans, questionnaire design and analysis.

20

50

1,000

2.              

Recording Workshop presentations, special sessions discussions and all Q&A during 3-day Workshop, review and editing works.

40

50

2,000

3.              

Identify future scenario and partnerships from the Workshop, identify developments, interesting partners, and driving force, prepare the scenario outline, and develop and evaluate scenario and potential collaborations

40

50

2,000

4.              

Preparation and writing of systematic Project Report based on 3-day Workshop (40 pages)

40

50

2,000

5.              

Work with all project participants to prepare and write Final Report (40 - 60 pages)

60

50

3,000

6.              

Design of the Final Report including table of contents, executive summary, scope, target audience, capacity building, outputs with associated measures/indicators

20

50

1,000

Total Hours

220

50

11,000

The total Contractor fee (A and B) is $20,000.  Based upon the nature of different project tasks, two individual companies will be contacted to find out if both are needed or just one company which can perform all the tasks. Final contract will be confirmed after the communication and review process with the company.


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