Exhibition on infectious diseases opens in Hanoi

HCMC – An exhibition highlighting how pathogens can spread to people from wildlife and livestock opened at the Hanoi Medical University on December 7, with the attendance of U.S. Ambassador Daniel J. Kritenbrink, Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan and Dr. Ta Thanh Van, president of the university.

Young visitors attend the exhibition on December 7 – PHOTO: COURTESY OF USAID

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution, the “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” exhibition is a customizable “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) version of a larger display at the U.S. National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

Featuring pre-designed and template panels, the exhibition explains why some outbreaks turn into epidemics and how human, animal and environmental health are connected. It covers topics such as tuberculosis and Covid-19.

“This exhibition marks the 25th anniversary of collaboration between our countries and reminds us how the United States, Vietnam and all countries of the world must work together to meet the continuing challenge of infectious diseases,” Ambassador Kritenbrink said.

“Vietnam has risen to this challenge in stopping the spread of Covid-19, but we will certainly face new outbreak threats in the future. The United States will continue to stand together with Vietnam to meet the challenge,” he added.

The “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” exhibition will take place at the Hanoi Medical University until December 14.

The Outbreak DIY has been displayed at more than 100 venues in over 30 countries, including universities, libraries, hospitals, airports, embassies, community centers and museums. It is available in multiple languages such as Vietnamese, French, Spanish and Arabic.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is one of the most visited natural history museums in the world. “Outbreak” opened at the museum on May 18, 2018, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic and will remain open until 2021.