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Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of TampereFaculty of Social Sciences

Huu Thuan Vo. MD, MPH.
Collaborators: National Institute of Public Health, Saigon, Vietnam, World Health Organization, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Improving Public Health Surveillance, Investigation and Control of Foodborne Outbreaks
in Southern Vietnam

Food safety is an important public health concern in Vietnam with substantial mortality, morbidity and major  economic losses. Statutory surveillance systems for foodborne illness maintained by public health are mainly passive. Although regulations and guidelines for reporting and investigation are available, response capacity and resources are extremely limited. As a result, surveillance data are incomplete and inconsistent and risk factors are not identified through surveillance and outbreak investigation. Similarly, monitoring capacity for the complete food production chain is not feasible. Therefore, this project focuses on improving surveillance and response systems for food safety to reduce morbidity and to save lives.

This project is conducted using standard epidemiological methods to describe and evaluate public health surveillance systems, investigation and control of foodborne outbreaks in Southern Vietnam, and to identify feasible approaches for building research and response capacity and improving public health practices. The project is expected to identify problems in existing surveillance system and to provide evidence for practical guidelines, policy development and assurance of surveillance system of Vietnam. The project is conducted in collaboration with the Vietnamese Ministry of Health’s Institute of Public Health at Ho Chi Minh City (http://www.ihph.org.vn/), World Health Organization Representative Office in Vietnam (http://www.wpro.who.int/vietnam/en/) and Tampere School of Health Sciences.

 
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