US opens CDC Southeast Asia Office in Hanoi


This afternoon, August 25, US Vice President Kamala D. Harris inaugurated the Southeast Asia Regional Office of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Hanoi.

US Vice President Kamala D. Harris speaks at the opening ceremony of the Southeast Asia Regional Office of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Hanoi on the afternoon of August 25. Photo: US Embassy

The ceremony was attended by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Deputy Prime Minister and Health Ministers from 11 countries.

The new regional office will strengthen the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ability to meet its mandate to protect Americans and people in the region through responding to health threats. faster wherever it happens, while building key relationships to address shared health priorities.

At the ceremony, Vice President Harris reaffirmed the US commitment to regional health security cooperation and reiterated calls to action on pandemic preparedness.

“Through this Office, we will work closely with our regional partners to share strategies and strengthen our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to today’s infectious disease threats and This achievement is the result of many years of high-level cooperation between our governments. It is also an important opportunity for our countries to come together to discuss health security priorities. joint,” said US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra.

Rochelle Walensky, MD, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that the US’ long-term partnerships with countries in the ASEAN region have helped strengthen the capacity of testing facilities. Public health, emergency response centers, surveillance systems and all of these tools are at their best during the current pandemic.

“The new regional office will build on existing partnerships and help us grow stronger together,” emphasized Rochelle Walensky.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is particularly well-suited to strengthening U.S. engagement and cooperation with Southeast Asian leaders to enhance regional capacity in preventing, detecting, and responding to infectious diseases and other emerging health threats.

The priorities for this new regional office include: building the public health workforce for the future, expanding training – training for public health testing facilities in the region, developing innovative program to improve the health of mobile and migrant populations, ensuring coordinated response to public health emergencies through a network of operations centers emergency response, and strengthen early warning systems to detect emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases.

The US side also announced that Dr. John MacArthur will hold the position of Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Southeast Asia. Prior to his appointment to this position, MacArthur was the National Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Thailand for over 6 years.

Grandfather John MacArthur spent half of his 23-year career at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focusing on improving health security in Southeast Asia, including managing a budget of more than 100 million dollars. USD in the field of infectious diseases focuses on the control of malaria, tuberculosis, dengue fever, Zika virus disease, influenza, and Covid-19.

In addition to the Southeast Asia Regional Office, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently established regional offices in Eastern Europe/Central Asia (in Georgia), and the Middle East/North Africa region (in Oman). , and South America (in Brazil).