MBDS Meeting Document For The Year 1999.
After the meeting in Bangkok, the following activities have been undertaken:
Each country has assigned its contact office and persons. Communication between countries has started.
The Ministry of Public Health in Thailand agreed to serve as a coordinator of the MBDS during the start up process with funding support from Rockefeller Foundation (RF).
The Ministry of Public Health, Thailand carried out two international short training courses on Epidemic preparedness and response, in 1999 and 2000. There were 12 participants, two from each country in 1999. In 2000 there were 6 participants from 4 neighboring countries, except Yunnan province of China. Many participants from member countries in the World Health Organization-South East Asian Region (WHO/SEAR) also attended the courses
Country specific short-term training courses on epidemiology and disease control were carried out in some countries like Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The focus and content of the courses were different according to the needs of each country.
Outbreaks of some infectious diseases occurred and were investigated in some countries, e.g., Leptospirosis, Anthrax and Japanese B. Encephalitis in Thailand; severe diarrhea in Vietnam and Cambodia and Laos. However, there was no outbreak at the level of sub-regional significance.
Teaching materials developed from real investigations were used in the training courses, e.g. Outbreak of Cholera in Myanmar, Hepatitis outbreak in Thailand.
A Web-Page of MBDS was set up to share information of interesting outbreak investigations and disease situations.
Five of the six countries submitted the country proposal to RF and received support to start domestic activities such as training and field investigation of outbreaks.
A meeting for policy makers of all six Mekong countries was organized in Siem-Reap, Cambodia during July 11-14, 2000.
MBDS Meeting Document – Year 1999