News & Announcements
Background During the past decade, Vietnam has experienced successive significant threats to public health and economic growth from the international transmission of new strains of zoonotic viruses including SARS, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) and the Pandemic (H1N1) 2009. The Vietnam Integrated National Operational Program for Avian Influenza (OPI), 2006-2010 (the “Green Book”), has provided a framework for activities by national agencies and international partners with the overall objective of reducing the health risk to humans from avian influenza by controlling the disease at source in domestic poultry, by detecting and responding promptly to human cases, and by preparing for the medical consequences of a human pandemic. A mid-term review of the OPI was conducted in 2009 with 43 recommendations for the future period.
Joint Government –United Nations Programme to Fight Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza’(HPAI) (phase II) is looking for a qualified national consultant to provide comments on the draft Vietnam Veterinary Law. See Terms of Reference for detail.
On 3 June 2014, the Ministry of Health took the preemptive step of issuing Decision No. 1944/QD-BYT on the Action plan for prevention and control of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Viet Nam.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a new grant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to carry out a project that applies a One Health approach to reduce the threats to public health from avian and pandemic influenza (API) and other emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). The ‘Strengthening Capacity for the Implementation of One Health in Viet Nam’ project will be implemented through September 2015 in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Since the first case of influenza A/H7N9 detected in humans in China was reported by World Health Organization (WHO) on 01/4/2013, there have been a total of 450 cases, including 158 fatal cases, reported throughout out the world as of 30/6/2014. In China, influenza A/H7N9 cases were reported in 18 provinces, Taiwan, Hong Kong. Malaysia also reported one case in 2013.
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