Dengue fever is endemic in Vietnam. Around 150,000 cases are reported each year with 50 to 100 deaths, most of which involve children. Over the past 10 years the number of dengue cases has significantly risen, which authorities attribute to changes in household water supply infrastructure, urbanization, and an increasingly mobile population. Current control methods focus on community awareness-raising campaigns, and response to dengue outbreaks through insecticide spraying in affected areas.
One of the major challenges is training health professionals to prevent and control dengue in Vietnam. The health system is confronted with a scarcity of training capacities, limited budget for training, and high turnover of health workers.
Therefore, the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City (IPHCMC) and AMP decided to join forces to build the Institute’s capacity to provide blended training on dengue prevention and control to a large number of health professionals.