USAID helps Vietnam prevent pandemic threats hinh anh 1Body temperature monitoring at Tan Son Nhat airport (Source: VNA)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is sponsoring a programme to support Vietnam’s efforts to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Vietnam signed the Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 (EPT-2) Programme in Hanoi on September 16, according to Quan doi Nhan dan (People’s Army) daily.

The 2.1 million USD project comprises four major components, including cooperation and coordination mechanisms to reduce disease threats in accordance with breeding value chain, pandemic prevention monitoring, trans-border cooperation in the Red River Delta and the Mekong River lower section to prevent outbreaks.

Besides, the project also contributes to ensuring food safety and security and improving living conditions for farmers.

The progamme is in line with the key objectives of the two Governments’ partnership on the Global Health Security Agenda and Vietnam’s implementation of the International Health Regulations.

Since 2005, USAID has provided more than 60 million USD to support Vietnam's programmes to combat avian influenza and other pandemic threats.-VNA