Phase I (6 months emergency support): Strengthening the Management of Public Health Emergencies in Viet Nam - with focus


The outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI) in Viet Nam was first detected in December 2003. To date ten countries, areas or territories in the region have recorded outbreaks of HPAI; Viet Nam has the highest rate of infection and the largest number of transmissions to humans. The Government has actively tried to control the outbreaks by destroying a large number of bird populations but despite these measures, HPAI is still wide-spread. The negative economic impact for farmers and poultry producers and the potential risk to human health in case of widespread transmission to humans, threatens to seriously undermine the economic and social development progress achieved by Viet Nam in recent years. Furthermore, HPAI is a transboundary problem and represents a serious global health threat of potential pandemic proportions. 

Recognizing this, the Government of Viet Nam has requested the United Nations, and especially its specialized agencies in animal and human health – FAO and WHO – to work together and provide immediate assistance to control the outbreak of HPAI in the country and to support the preparation and implementation of a national human epidemic preparedness plan. This joint United Nations programme responds to the Government’s request with emphasis on both the short-term emergency needs of the Government and the longer-term national capacity building requirements to address public health emergencies such as avian influenza.

What are the project's key results?

  • Reduced risk of a global pandemic of HPAI emanating from Viet  Nam and enhanced national and local capacity to manage outbreaks of diseases of epidemic potential caused by human, animal and plant pathogens.

Finance, Executing and Implementing Agency

Project Number Funding Executing Agency Implementing Agency
 00047754 USD 2,190,542 from World Bank, FAO, UNDP/DFID, USDA, European Community The National Steering Committee for Avian Flu Control and Prevention (NSCAI), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) , Ministry of Health (MoH) The National Steering Committee for Avian Flu Control and Prevention

UNDP Around the world

You are at UNDP Viet Nam 
Go to UNDP Global