Dr Cornelia Hennig Awarded the Insignia for TB Control in Viet Nam
HANOI, 16 June 2014 - Dr Cornelia Hennig, former team leader of the Stop Tuberculosis unit at the WHO Representative Office in Viet Nam, was awarded the People’s Health Medal from the Ministry of Health and the Insignia for the Cause of TB Control in Viet Nam by Viet Nam’s National Tuberculosis Control Program. Both awards are a top honor given to individuals who have made significant public health contributions to Viet Nam.
Dr Hennig received one award at a ceremony held at the end of May in Ha Noi. Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Viet Nhung, Director of the National Lung Hospital and Manager of the National TB Control programme thanked Dr Hennig for her efforts in the field of TB control in Viet Nam, particularly with regards to the development of the National TB strategy 2014-2020 with the vision to 2030, addressing the shortfall of first line TB drugs in Viet Nam in 2013, and the mobilization of additional resources for TB control.
Dr Hennig started working in the WHO Viet Nam Representative Office in 2011; she worked closely with the Ministry of Health, the National TB Programme and the Viet Nam Stop TB Partnership (a voluntary alliance of organizations drawn from the public, civil society and private/business sectors) for TB prevention, care and control.
Dr Hennig played a key strategic role in raising awareness at the highest political level about the high TB burden in Viet Nam. She worked closely with colleagues in WHO and counterparts to improve the data analysis on TB in Viet Nam and actively fostered coordination, collaboration and communication between partners under the USAID-funded TB Care program. She successfully advocated for the representation of TB patients as part of Viet Nam’s Global Fund Country Coordination Mechanism (CCM). Giving TB-patients a voice in the CCM is crucial and provides a historic opportunity to develop and improve patient oriented TB care and treatment.
Speaking at the award ceremony Dr Hennig expressed her gratitude to all partners for advancing TB prevention, care and control in Viet Nam. Looking towards the future, she hopes Viet Nam will be successful in developing a strong joint-concept note for sustainable TB funding from the Global Fund for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, strengthened TB-drug regulation and stop-TB partnerships at provincial level.
The Award ceremony was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Health the STOP-TB partnership, WHO, donor agency representatives from USAID and US CDC, other public health organizations, and the media.
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