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Map of South East Aisa with Vietnam highlightedThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with the government of Vietnam (GVN) and local and international organizations since 1998 to build quality sustainable health systems, providing long-term public health impact and protecting the health of Vietnamese and Americans at home and abroad. With support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the CDC Influenza Division, CDC delivers evidence-based technical expertise that strengthens the capacity and infrastructure of the national health systems in Vietnam, providing life-saving care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventing the spread of infectious diseases, such as influenza and other potential health threats.

Vietnam at a Glance

  • Population: 89,721,000
  • Per capita income: $3,440
  • Life expectancy at birth women/men: 76/70 yrs
  • Under 5 mortality: 16/1000 live births

Population Reference Bureau, 2013

Developing Surveillance and Strategic Information Systems

a healthcare worker with a man and a babyCDC Vietnam supports the development and implementation of Vietnam’s HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) national health information and surveillance systems to improve the collection and utilization of data to better plan, implement, and evaluate health programs, and to assess the disease burden in communities. Since 2005, CDC has provided technical and research support to enhance Vietnam’s National Influenza Surveillance System to detect and control influenza and other zoonotic diseases in humans and animals, to build Vietnam’s capacity and preparedness to quickly and effectively detect, prevent, and respond to disease outbreaks, and to prevent diseases from spreading in the region and worldwide.

Implementing Evidence-based Public Health Programs

CDC Vietnam improves the access to, quality, and sustainability of health programs through evidence-based programs proven to have long-term public health impact in preventing infection, in reducing the risks of spreading HIV/AIDS, and in providing life-saving care and treatment. To maximize public health impact, CDC Vietnam targets populations and provinces most at risk, such as people who inject drugs, commercial sex workers, and men who have sex with men. Programs include cutting-edge service delivery models providing antiretroviral therapy, counseling and testing, medication-assisted therapy, preventing mother-to-child transmission, and other prevention and care support services.

Strengthening Laboratory Systems

CDC Vietnam strengthens the quality of laboratory systems to accurately and timely diagnose and monitor treatment of HIV/AIDS and TB through electronic laboratory information systems, training, strategic planning, and the development and update of national testing guidelines.


Building Public Health Workforce Capacity

CDC Vietnam invests in building a strong workforce of future public health leaders by increasing the capacity of GVN leaders and healthcare workers in areas including clinical, laboratory, public health science, management, and leadership competencies.


Conducting Monitoring and Evaluation Activities


CDC Vietnam closely and regularly monitors and evaluates program activities for program impact, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness, which helps determine best practices, guides future program planning and policies, and improves the quality of programs.

Translating Research into Public Health Policy and Practice

CDC Vietnam utilizes high quality program data and technical expertise to assist GVN in developing and implementing national strategies, policies, and programs, maximizing public health impact at multiple levels.

Top 10 Causes of Deaths in Vietnam

  1. Cancer 25%
  2. Stoke 20%
  3. Ischaemic heart disease 6%
  4. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 4%
  5. Lower Respiratory Infections 4%
  1. Tuberculosis 4%
  2. Road Injuries 4%
  3. Cirrhosis 3%
  4. HIV 3%
  5. Diabetes 3%
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Impact in Vietnam*

Provided HIV Prevention, Care, and Treatment

Improved Quality of Laboratories

Increased Public health Workforce Capacity

Improved Quality of HIV Services

Developed and Updated National Policies

*all data as of September 2013

  • Page last reviewed: August 21, 2014
  • Page last updated: August 21, 2014
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