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Lower Mekong Initiative Conference: Transnational Cooperation to Respond to Infectious Disease Threats

June 17-18, 2010
Melia Hotel
Hanoi, Vietnam

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, the “Lower Mekong Initiative Conference, Transnational Cooperation to Respond to Infectious Disease Threats” will bring together senior government officials from LMI countries, namely Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, along with U.S. Government officials, UN officials and other international experts to focus on an integrated regional approach to infectious disease. Participants will examine a range of topics primarily focused on international health regulations, counterfeit and substandard medicines, and regional successes in health research. Using a mix of presentations by experts and government officials, discussions and interactive panels, the gathering is expected to yield increased opportunities for communication and collaboration in the area of response to infectious disease threats.

The creation of the Lower Mekong Initiative Conference is a direct result of commitments made at a July 2009 meeting in Phuket, Thailand between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Foreign Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. At the 2009 meeting, officials discussed the ongoing cooperation between the United States and the Lower Mekong countries in the areas of the environment, health, and education and made plans for the creation of a conference on an integrated approach to infectious disease to bolster this collaboration.   
To register for the conference, or for more information, click on the pertinent links in the box to the right.

Please note these important deadlines:

Request for VN Visa Deadline: May 21, 2010

Conference Registration Deadline: June 2, 2010

For conference related questions, or to inquire about a reserved block of rooms at nearby hotels please email