On March 10, 2015, the Vietnam Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 (EPT-2) Program year one work-planning meeting was held in Hanoi at the Pullman Hotel. The objectives of the meeting was to discuss key opportunities and challenges in implementing EPT-2 in Vietnam, to build consensus on priorities and objectives for EPT-2, clarify issues with year one work plans, and clarify EPT-2 linkages with other programs and partners in Vietnam. At the meeting, presentations were given by EPT-2 partners, including US CDC, WHO, FAO, PREDICT-2 and OHW. In April 2015, a Vietnamese delegate attended both the TEPHINET International Night/CDC EIS Conference meetings in Atlanta, and the P&R workshop in Washington DC.

Following the program meeting, the project conducted a series of consultation meetings with key One Health players and stakeholders. The main purpose was to develop a work plan for year two based on identified needs. Consultation meetings with the General Department of Preventive Medicine’s Ministry of Health, the Department of Animal Health’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the USAID Mission, PAHI, FAO, WHO and other EPT-2 partners facilitated development of the work plan. P&R also participated at the GHSA-ZDAP conference on August 25-26, 2015 in Hanoi.

Following additional dialogue with the relevant One Health actors, the P&R team submitted a year two country implementation plan. P&R will prioritize working with PAHI in the establishment of a national One Health platform, which will pave the way for the Project’s better engagement at the national level in the future. The project will collaborate closely with FAO and WHO, as they work with GDPM and DAH in the development of SOPs to guide the implementation of Circular 16 geared towards coordinated prevention and control of zoonotic diseases at sub-national level.

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