On 29 March 2017, FIND was recognized for contributions to TB control in Viet Nam by the Viet Nam Ministry of Health. Awards were given to in-country and international organizations on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the National Lung Hospital.
FIND was given a certificate of recognition and appreciation for a wide array of work. Highlights included FIND support for implementation of EXPAND TB, external quality assurance through the establishment of in-country proficiency testing panels for Xpert MTB/RIF, line probe assay for first line and second line drugs, laboratory strengthening and capacity building using TB SLMTA. FIND also conducted operational research projects in Viet Nam and funded the pilot study on evaluation and implementation of the Connected Diagnostics Platform, as well as routine tests using fluorescent smear microscopy, MTB culture, Xpert MTB/RIF and drug susceptibility testing.
In addition, Dr Gumma Vidyanidhi, Senior Laboratory Consultant for FIND Viet Nam, was awarded a certificate of recognition and appreciation from Viet Nam Ministry of Health; and Ms Nguyen Thi Hoang Yen, Office Manager and Representative of FIND in Viet Nam, was awarded a certificate of recognition and appreciation from Viet Nam National TB Control Program.
FIND congratulates Dr Vidyanidhi and Ms Nguyen on their well-deserved awards. FIND is also honored to receive recognition from the Viet Nam Ministry of Health.
The awards were conferred on 29 March 2017 at the conclusion of the Viet Nam National TB Program’s Annual conference on Activity Review for 2016 and Orientation for 2017, and was hosted at the International Convention Center, 11 Le Hong Phong Street, Hanoi. The ceremony included participants from NTP network, MOH, local authorities and partners. FIND’s Chief Access Officer, Zachary Katz, was also in attendance.