Workshop on Reviewing Helminthiasis Control in the period 2006-2011 and Deploying the Workplan for the period 2012-2015
On 17-18 August, 2012, the Workshop on Reviewing Helminthiasis Control in the period 2006-2011 and Deploying the Workplan for the period 2012-2015 was organized in Do Son, Hai Phong city.
Participants to the workshop included Assoc.Prof. Vu Sinh Nam, vice-director of the Department of Preventive Medicine, the Ministry of Health; Assoc.Prof Nguyen Manh Hung, Director of the National Institute of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology (NIMPE), Dr. Nguyen Van Chuong, Director of the IMPE-Quy Nhon, MSc. Luong Truong Son, vice-director of the IMPE-Ho Chi Minh city, Dr. Tran Cong Dai, the expert of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Vietnam, MSc. Ngo Tien Loi, the representatives of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Family Health International (FHI), the leadership of the provincial malaria control centres/Provincial centres for preventive medicine of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue, Lam Dong, Son La, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Thai nguyen, Ninh Binh, Ha Noi, etc.
Assoc.Prof. Nguyen Manh Hung, Director of NIMPE giving his opening speech at the workshop
After the speech of Assoc.Prof. Nguyen Manh Hung, Director of NIMPE, Assoc.Prof Vu Sinh Nam, vice-head of the Department of Preventive Medicine gave a speech on helminthiasis control situation in the past years, the control activities had many difficulties and had no national program. However, with the afford of the institutes of malariology, parasitology and entomology and the provincial malaria control centres/provincial centres for preventive medicine researched and surveyed and had many intervened measures. In the coming time, the Institutes need to evaluate the gained achievements and the activities has not been carried out; the pilot researches should be conducted to give control measures effectively. Besides, it is necessary to integrate school health program, malnutrition problem, etc. and define the function and duty of the provincial/district health centres to carry out helminthiasis control measures.
Assoc.Prof. Vu Sinh Nam. Vice-director of Preventive Medicine Department-MoH
in his directive speech at the workshop
The next presentations were the reports on reviewing helminthiasis control activities in the period 2006-2011 and the direction of activities in the period 2012-2015 of the Institutes of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology of 3 regions: the North, the Central and the South. Besides, the reports of the provinces of Son La, Thua Thien Hue, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Ha Noi, Thai Nguyen, Lao Cai, Thanh Hoa, Ninh binh, Quang Nam, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen. The reports showed helminthiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis control activities for primary pupils gained 95-100%; in the recent years, helminthiasis control and deworming activity were extended for nursery schools and women of child bearing age. The activities of foodborne trematode infection control such as Fascioliasis, Opisthiasis, ... were strengthened at highly endemic areas. However, the success of the program is mainly due to the financial support from the World Health Organization (WHO). Helminthiasis control program in Vietnam hasnot been invested properly by the government, resulting to passive research activities. on the other hand, the emergence of diseases such as Fascioliasis, Toxocara canis/ascaris, Gnathostoma stercoralis, etc. that significantly affect to the people's health are still burning questions.
Dr. Tran Cong Dai, expert of the WHO in Vietnam in his speech
The workshop listened the speeches of the representatives of (WHO) in Vietnam and USAID; FHI on the investment of helminthiasis control activities and health education and communication. The representatives discussed and proposed as follows:
+ Suggesting the fund for helminth control activities of the Government. Or the Helminthia control project of the Ministry of Health should be supported the fund of about 10-20 billions per year for control activities of the whole country;
+ Consolidating helminthiasis control system at grass-root levels;
+ Constructing the fuctions and duties of the Institutes of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology, especially control activities of emerge diseases such as Fascioliasis, Toxocara canis/ascaris, Gnathostoma stercoralis, etc;
+ The NIMPE acted as an advisor for the Ministry of Health to send the document for the People's Committee on supporting the fund of helminthiasis control activities at the locality;
+ Strengthening the appeal for investment from the international organizations on helminthiasis control. The fund was supported annually to make the research and surveillance plans and give interventional measures timely.