The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) and Vietnam’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has entered into a new 5-year cooperative agreement to build a stronger foundation for Vietnam to be better prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks. The cooperative agreement will enhance collaboration between the U.S. and Vietnam and will provide technical support focusing on several key health security areas – the emergency operations center, laboratory and information systems, and workforce capacity.
On Friday, September 26, 2014, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and her delegation attended the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Summit in Washington D.C. with President Obama and 40 other nations and international organizations to make a commitment to implement the GHSA. Vietnam has committed to share responsibility to provide health security for our world, to be a leader in the prevention of infectious disease transmission from animals to humans and to continue to strengthen the emergency operations center, Vietnam’s centralized hub for responding to public health emergencies.
The GHSA was launched on February 13, 2014 to advance a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats; to bring together nations from all over the world to make new, concrete commitments; and to elevate global health security as a national leaders-level priority. The cooperative agreement with Vietnam is part of the U.S. commitment to assist at least 30 countries over five years to achieve the objectives of the GHSA.
For more information about the U.S. CDC Global Health Security Agenda, click on the link.