The Vietnam Ministry of Health (MOH) has recognized Mr. David Nelson, the Deputy Country Director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) in Vietnam with a “For People’s Health” medal. Only foreigners who have made exceptional contributions to the health system in Vietnam are eligible for this honorary medal.
The Vice Minister of Health, Dr. Nguyen Thanh Long, delivered remarks and presented the medal. “I would like to express my sincere thanks for the great contributions of Mr. David Nelson, my colleague, for the past four years, who has worked side by side with the Ministry of Health to fight tirelessly for the success of HIV/AIDS control and prevention in Vietnam,” said Vice Minister Nguyen Thanh Long.
“My job has been to support the people working for MOH and U.S. CDC who provide those [HIV/AIDS] services. So when I look at this medal, I don’t see my efforts. I see the many people working day after day to improve and protect the health of the people of Vietnam. Doing good work with good people is, I think, the greatest reward one can receive,” said Mr. David Nelson after receiving the award.
Mr. David Nelson has served as the Deputy Country Director of U.S. CDC Vietnam since 2011, providing program management support for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Influenza, and Global Health Security programs. This year marks the 20th anniversary of U.S. Vietnam normalized relations and since 1998, U.S. CDC has supported the Vietnam MOH and strengthened U.S. Vietnam bilateral relations.
For more information on U.S. CDC programs in Vietnam, visit U.S. CDC website.