Field research, such as that conducted for clinical trials or disease surveillance, is essential to address the many pervasive health issues in developing countries. It relies on extensive collaboration between research institutions and groups on the ground.
In April 2013, an agreement was signed by Sabin and the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), making Vietnam the newest Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program country. To kick it off, NIHE and Sabin jointly sponsored a subnational briefing in Da Nang on 13 May.
So far this year the number of dengue cases in Singapore has already surpassed the number of cases reported in 2012, and it looks like it will just keep rising. As of last week, Singapore was reporting over 6,000 cases, while 2012 saw around 4,600.