Many research initiatives and projects are currently on going in Vietnam on animal health and zoonotic disease research field. However, in many instance, only limited exchanges of research information is happening between the different groups involved in various projects but tackling similar issues. There is a need to strengthen the research information sharing process in Vietnam to promote transparency and brainstorming, in order to ensure more efficient and complementary research. It is also necessary to promote transfer of research findings into policy by supporting the development of policy interventions based on integrated science and scientific consensus.
The National Institute of Veterinary Research (NIVR) is involved in national and international projects tackling priority issues in animal health and zoonotic diseases in Vietnam. Moreover, NIVR is a core member of the GREASE (Management of emerging risks in Southeast Asia) regional research network and will take the presidency for the next 2 years. This network aims at improving the management of emerging risks in Southeast Asia by strengthening synergies and skills sharing among the core members.
With the support of the GREASE network, the NIVR launched an initiative, named Sharing Animal Health Research Information in Vietnam (SHARE). It consists in organising bi-annual expert meetings, aiming at (i) sharing research information among national, regional and international institutions and promote knowledge and synergies across activities, (ii) create links between researchers and decision makers to develop appropriate policy interventions based on scientific-based information.