USAID’s COVID-19 Program Helps Combat Vietnam’s Latest Outbreak

Speeches Shim

Friday, February 5, 2021

In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Hai Duong and nine other provinces, Vietnamese authorities have enlisted medical students to join the frontline forces. Six-hundred students from Hai Duong Medical Technical University, who completed the USAID-supported special training program on COVID-19 preparedness and response, are now actively engaged in contact tracing and community testing to control the latest outbreak. Under USAID’s Improving Access, Curriculum and Teaching in Medical Education and Emerging Diseases (IMPACT MED) Alliance, a total of 176 faculty received Training-of-Trainer and 5,580 senior students were trained and certified as “first-responder ready” for COVID-19 deployment.  In addition to this recent outbreak response, 515 students were deployed as first responders during the second COVID-19 outbreak in Central Vietnam and 10 participating universities have integrated COVID-19 response and control into their formal training program.

So what? USAID’s continued support to assist Vietnam to build a robust and effective health care workforce has increased their capacity to control COVID-19 and other priority global health threats, thereby strengthening the health resilience and health security of the country.

Last updated: February 09, 2021

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