The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced a fund worth 49 million USD to the second project of infectious disease surveillance in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

The project aims to expand surveillance response systems to help control dengue outbreaks and prevent the spread of communicable and tropical diseases in Cambodia , Laos , and Vietnam .

It also targets improvements in the capacity of health services and communities involved in disease control in 116 border districts of the three countries. About one-third of the population in the target areas belong to ethnic minority groups.

ADB said in a press release on November 23 that infectious diseases have had major economic impacts on productivity, trade, and tourism in Asia and will continue to pose a public health threat.

In addition, dengue continues to spread, and communicable diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and HIV/AIDS, as well as tropical illnesses such as Japanese encephalitis and schistosomiasis, pose a major disease burden.

Financing will come from Asian Development Fund with a loan of 27 million USD for Vietnam and grants of 10 million USD for Cambodia and 12 million USD for Laos , ADB said.
The Ministry of Health in each country will be the executing agency for the project, which is due for completion in June 2016. The regional coordination unit will be based in Vientiane capital of Laos./.