Sunday, 24 Feb 2019
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Volume 1E, Issue 1(1) 2014
The development of Vietnam Atlas of Communicable Diseases
Author: Nguyen Tran Hien, Tran Dac Phu, Pham Quang Thai, Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy, Peter Horby and Heiman F.L. Wertheim
With funds from USAID, the World Health Organization and the Wellcome Trust we set out to develop an atlas for Vietnam that contains 56 maps illustrating the latest distribution of major or relevant infectious diseases. The expertise of key experts and institutes were invited as part of this project. Every map contains concise key information on the infectious agent in both English and Vietnamese language. Depending on the disease or driver that needs to be visualized, we conducted extensive data searches to come to the best available data on the spatial distribution. We also sought the direct input from national experts for specific diseases. For several diseases and drivers, good data or maps are already available. In such cases, we requested permission to use these maps or data if needed. Geo-located diseases were entered in a geo-coded database and visualized using ArcGIS (ESRI, USA) and quality checked. Sources are tracked and organized. We use ancillary data from accepted resources: population density, land cover, climate, elevation, sanitation coverage, poverty, and others. Each map was sent out for expert peer review and adjusted if needed. The Atlas PDF can be accessed on the NIHE website at
atlas, communicable disease, NIHE, Wellcome Trust
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Happy New Year 2019! Year of the Pig
The Vietnam Journal of Preventive Medicine wish all readers with healthy, happiness and prosperity in the year of the Pig. Happy New Year 2019
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