Vice President Kamala D. Harris right this moment launched the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention Southeast Asia Regional Workplace in Hanoi, Vietnam, at a ceremony that included the U.S. Secretary of Well being and Human Providers, U.S. CDC Director, and Deputy Prime Ministers and Well being Ministers from eleven international locations. The brand new Regional Workplace strengthens CDC’s capacity to satisfy its mission of defending Individuals and other people of the area by responding extra quickly to well being threats wherever they happen and constructing key relationships to sort out shared well being priorities.
Vice President Harris bolstered the U.S. dedication to regional well being safety cooperation and renewed earlier calls to motion on pandemic preparedness and response.
“By means of this workplace, we are going to work intently with our regional companions to share methods and strengthen one another’s capacity to stop, detect, and reply to infectious illness threats, right this moment and in the long run. This achievement is the results of years of high-level cooperation between our governments. It additionally represents an vital alternative to return collectively to debate our nations’ shared well being safety priorities,” mentioned HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.
“CDC has a long-standing presence in Southeast Asia. Our longstanding partnership with the international locations of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] area has strengthened public well being laboratories, emergency operations facilities, surveillance programs – all instruments which can be being referred to as upon throughout the present pandemic,” mentioned CDC Director, Rochelle Walensky, MD. “This new Regional Workplace will construct upon these present partnerships and assist us develop stronger collectively.”
CDC is uniquely suited to extend American engagement and collaboration with Southeast Asian leaders to boost regional capability to stop, detect, and reply to infectious illnesses and different rising well being threats. Priorities for the brand new regional workplace embrace constructing tomorrow’s public well being workforce, increasing regional public well being laboratory coaching, growing modern applications to enhance well being for cellular and migrant populations, making certain a coordinated response to public well being emergencies via networked Emergency Operation Facilities, and strengthening the early warning system for the detection of zoonotic and rising infectious illnesses.
John MacArthur, MD, is the brand new CDC Southeast Asia Regional Director. Previous to this appointment, Dr. MacArthur served because the CDC Thailand nation director for greater than six years. He has spent practically half of his 23-year CDC profession centered on bettering well being safety in Southeast Asia together with managing over $100 million of infectious illness funds specializing in the management of malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, Zika, influenza, and COVID-19. Dr. MacArthur additionally served as CDC’s Workforce Lead for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, a $620 million per yr program to manage malaria in sub-Saharan Africa and the Better Mekong Sub-region.
Along with the Southeast Asia Regional Workplace, CDC additionally just lately established Regional Places of work in Japanese Europe/Central Asia (Georgia), the Center East/North Africa (Oman), and South America (Brazil).