Lecturers share healthy planning knowledge in Vietnam

Issue date: 01 February 2013

Laurence Carmichael and Sarah Burgess from the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environmentsdelivered workshops, conference papers and visited several research and higher education institutions in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The study tour was aimed at developing the WHO Collaborating Centre's international work in South East Asia. The WHO Collaborating Centre already has strong European links through its work for the WHO Healthy Cities programme and in the USA with research collaborations with Virginia Commonwealth and Portland State universities.

Opportunities for knowledge exchange were maximised with the delivery of a very well attended short course on the concepts, principles and implementation of healthy urban environments at Hanoi's National Institute for Occupational and Environmental Health (NIOEH).

The WHO Collaborating Centre also chaired a special session on healthy planning at the 8th International conference on Occupational and Environmental Health and held a seminar at the Architectural University in Ho Chi Min City. The WHO Collaborating Centre and NIOEH are now developing a Memorandum of Understanding that will facilitate future collaboration, in particular around the themes of healthy planning, environmental health and health impact assessment.

Please click here to see photos from the visit.

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