This year, concurrent with the national joy of the 70th birthday of the Social Republic of Vietnam, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) celebrates its 70th anniversary on October 3, 2015
This year, concurrent with the national joy of the 70th birthday of the Social Republic of Vietnam, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) celebrates its 70th anniversary on October 3, 2015. The walls of our old colonial style buildings are full of history and stories of triumph, and great successes in the field of preventive medicine.
Since it was first established in 1945, our Institute has been known by several different names.
From 1945-1957, it was called the Hanoi Pasteur Institute, which then changed to Institute of Microbiology (1957-1961), Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (1961-1998) and finally to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (1998-present). NIHE has had various functions throughout it’s long history, including identifying epidemiological patterns and risk factors of communicable and non-communicable diseases, providing recommendations to the Ministry of Health on appropriate disease control and prevention strategies, detecting endemic and emerging pathogens, including those requiring high levels of biosafety (e.g. tuberculosis, avian influenza, and SARS viruses); studying immune responses, developing new vaccines and biological products for humans, implementing national health programs and setting up preventive medicine networks in the country. In addition, NIHE has had a long standing commitment to supporting post-graduate training for young scientists. Over the years, the Institute has expanded collaborations with many diverse organizations, including hospitals, universities, and research agencies within Vietnam and abroad.
To celebrate this special occasion, The Vietnam Journal of Preventive Medicine publishes its 3rd English issue, with articles of interest that exemplify the various functions of our Institute. These articles address tracking and monitoring of emerging diseases such as dengue using global position technology; investigations of diarrheal pathogens in the community and advances in methods for diarrheadiagnostics; the evaluation of adverse events within national childhood vaccination programs; the acceptability of aerosol delivery devised for vaccines; and human genetic studies of polymorphisms related to metabolic function within the Vietnamese population. This special issue also features a number of articles from our partners at the Hanoi Medical University, the Hanoi School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health, and the Vietnam Authority of AIDS control.
A number of public health issues are discussed including early breast feeding habits, climate change and its impact on disease pattern, obesity in school-aged children, mental health of HIV/AIDS patients, predictors for success and failure of antiretroviral therapy in HIV/AIDS patients, and current human resource issues in HIV/AIDS control centers.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to the authors who have contributed their valuable
research to the improvement of human health. We hope to continuously receive this support from scientists in Vietnam and around the world.
Dang Duc Anh
Editor-in chief, JVPM