On August 23rd, 2017 the Global Health Security Partnership (GHSP) team in Vietnam reached a major milestone by completing the set-up of the second regional emergency operations center (EOC) at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City (PIHCMC). The accomplishment was celebrated at a grand ceremony, which was attended by US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Thomas Price, and other high-level public health leaders from both the United States and Vietnam.
Through the GHSP, funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, CDC, and other organizations to help advance the US government’s pledge to support, assist, and empower countries in anticipating, preventing, and overcoming infectious disease outbreaks.
Creation of this EOC was one way in which we are accomplishing these objectives. During the inauguration, a demonstration took place where dashboards were displayed to illustrate influenza and dengue cases, for the 20 provinces in the south of Vietnam. In addition, the PIHCMC EOC was connected with EOC’s at the General Department of Preventive Medicine and the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology through digital video conferencing. The purpose of which was to show how timely communications will occur during an epidemic. The successful demonstration of the EOC was hailed a great success and the following day almost every news outlet covered this story!
We would like to thank our team members for working over so many months and recent late nights to make this achievement possible. Many thanks to: Miquel Sitjar, Anh Ngo, Sang Dinh, Tuan Ngo, Truong Nguyen, and Hieu Tran.
News in English: Public health emergency operations centre inaugurated in HCM City
New in Vietnamese: Khai trương Trung tâm Đáp ứng khẩn cấp sự kiện y tế công cộng
For more information on how PATH has supported the EOC network and how data and data visualization have an impact on reducing the burden of infectious diseases, see our previous article here.