Health and Medical Sciences Cooperation Agreement

sebelius-MOHU.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Minister of Health Dr. Nguyen Thi Kim Tien signed an Agreement on Health and Medical Sciences Cooperation, an official document outlining future U.S.-Vietnam health and science collaboration.

Health and science collaboration, through CDC, USAID, and others, has played a fundamental role in the U.S. Vietnam bilateral relationship.  Over the course of the past decade, the U.S. has provided nearly $600 million (USD) in health assistance to Vietnam.  This represents the creation of animal and human disease outbreak detection and control programs, HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care networks, mass deworming campaigns, and more.  Through U.S.-Vietnam health collaboration, great strides have been made toward increasing global health security.  Secretary Sebelius and I both hope that her visit and the Agreement on Health and Medical Sciences Cooperation will provide for a stronger U.S.-Vietnam partnership, further health collaboration, and greater global health security.

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HANOI, June 18, 2013 – U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius concluded a 2-day visit to Vietnam as part of an Asia-Pacific regional tour to foster international collaboration and mobilize resources to enhance global health security.  In Hanoi, the Secretary met with the Minister of Health Dr. Nguyen Thi Kim Tien to sign the Agreement on Health and Medical Sciences Cooperation.

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