In response to the World Health Organization (WHO) determination of an international emergency regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health (MOH) activated their emergency operations center (EOC) for a preparedness response with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) and WHO. U.S. CDC has provided technical and financial support to strengthen the EOC to better prepare for public health emergencies and prevent diseases from spreading in Vietnam, the region, and the world.
As part of the U.S. Global Health Security Agenda launched in February 2014, and in partnership with Vietnam, U.S. CDC has provided training and support to government leaders and public health workers to better respond in case of a disease outbreak emergency, including upgrading laboratory equipment and information systems to detect outbreaks faster.
“Working together is a very important part of protecting Vietnam and the world from disease outbreaks and with Global Health Security support from U.S. CDC, WHO, and other international organizations, we have strengthened our EOC and enhanced our ability to better detect and respond to disease outbreaks, such as the current Ebola outbreak,” said Dr. Tran Dac Phu, Director General of the General Department of Preventive Medicine, who leads the EOC in Vietnam.
Last year, Vietnam participated in a 6-month Global Health Security demonstration project with the U.S. CDC, WHO, the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and USAID to enhance its capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks.
For more information about CDC’s Global Health Security work in Vietnam, visit U.S. CDC’s website.