A Partnership Appreciation Party was held by Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) on December 19th, 2016. The purpose of the party was to celebrate the partnership between NIHE and its international partners in Vietnam throughout 2016. As one of NIHE’s key partners over the past year, GaneshAID was invited to participate in the event.

The party welcomed more than 20 partners including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, JICA, IRD and the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit. Professor Dang Duc Anh, NIHE's Director, welcomed the participants and praised the organizations’ cooperation with NIHE throughout the year. He expressedsincere thanks to partners for their contributions and voiced his hope that the partnerships will become even strongerin the coming years.

The spectrum of cooperation between international partners and NIHE is broad and covers different fields such as laboratory work, capacity building, public health research, and immunizations.

Throughout 2016, GaneshAID collaborated with consultants from the Department of Community Health and Network Coordination to implement a project on school-based adolescent health promotion. The project aims to improve adolescent health in Vietnam by strengthening the capacity of high school teachers to provide adolescent health education, as well as reinforcing and advocating for adolescent health promotion. The one-year project will include thedevelopment of an e-learning platform on adolescent health education and advocacy for adolescent health promotion–a phase in the project that is currently underway. 

NIHE is a public provider under the Ministry of Health in Vietnam. It conducts research on epidemiology, medical microbiology, immunology and molecular biology; studies and develops new vaccines and biological products for human use; directs national health programs; offers advice and recommendations to the Ministry of Health on strategies and preventive medicine measures to limit and eliminate common and emerging diseases; coordinates specialized activities and postgraduate education programs; and helps build a preventive medicine network on a national scale.

Friday, December 16, 2016