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Japan International Cooperation Agency, National Institute of Infectious Diseases of Japan, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University, and WHO pave the way for laboratory testing of Ebola Virus Disease in Viet Nam.

The University of Pittsburgh VMI team hosted collaborators from the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), Vietnam, on January 24, 2014. Professor Tran Nhu Duong, Deputy Director, NIHE, and Dr. Pham Quang Thai, Department of Epidemiology, NIHE, spent the day with Dr. Donald Burke, Dr. Wilbert van Panhuis and Dr. John Grefenstette at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health discussing the research orientation at NIHE and the joint VMI research program “Spatial Dynamic of Dengue in Southeast Asia”, which will use dengue modeling for disease prediction.

The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi and the Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City are the two national public health reference laboratories in Vietnam. They operate as referral centres for 63 provincial public health laboratories which together form a national communicable disease surveillance network. Peter McMinn has worked with both major laboratories over the past five years, to strengthen their capacity to provide leadership in national communicable disease surveillance.
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Disease Control
23 MARCH 2012 - From 1 January to 11 March (epidemiologic week 10), outbreaks of meningococcal disease has been reported in 15 districts in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. These outbreaks have been detected as part of the enhanced surveillance in the African Meningitis Belt conducted in 14 countries where a total of 6 685 suspected meningitis cases including 639 deaths have been reported.


International Cooperation
You can still plan to attend the 5th International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance - IMED 2014 on October 31 to November 3, 2014 in Vienna, Austria. See the complete program at http://imed.isid.org/symposia.shtml. You will find registration information at: http://imed.isid.org/Registration.shtml.


National Health Programs
High HIV prevalence, high risk behaviors, coverage of prevention programs and interventions are very low and uneven between provinces and programs. Overall, HIV prevalence among IDUs in these provinces were high, especially the highest HIV prevalence among IDUs was 29.7 % in Son La. The proportion of access to prevention programs in high risk group is still low and not enough to be able to control the spread of HIV.


Researches
HIV sentinel surveillance (HSS) is conducted annually among 6 key populations in 40 provinces in Viet Nam to monitor HIV prevalence trends. The HSS system began collecting risk taking behaviors among men who have sex with men (MSM) in 2010 for better understanding the HIV epidemic. These data provide a better understanding of the HIV epidemic among these key population.


Education & Training
ONLY TWO WEEKS REMAINING TO REGISTER for the first Gordon Research Conference on "Infections of the Nervous System: Pathogenesis and Worldwide Impact", which will be held in Hong Kong, 7-12 July 2013.


Publications
Backgrounds: HIV sentinel surveillance is conducted annually among 6 key populations in 39 provinces in Vietnam. To obtain trends of key national and global indicators and HIV infection, some behavioral questions were added to the serosurveys in seven provinces in 2010, expanded to 12 provinces in 2011, and to 29 provinces in 2012. These data provide a better understanding of the HIV epidemic among these key population.


Journal of Preventive Medicine

Center for Preventive Health Care and Technical Scientific Service (CPHTS)
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