Cuong Van Nguyen is a medical doctor who specialized in immunization management for more than 20 years. He worked as a permanent officer of the Vietnam National Program on Immunization, and from 2008 to 2015 he was appointed to serve as the National EPI Deputy Manager.
Cuong managed the immunization program, which consisted of planning, implementing and monitoring activities. In his role as NEPI Deputy Manager, he coordinated immunization staff at the central level and performed cascade training and supportive supervision at lower levels of the health system, including: the Mild Level Module (MLM), Immunization in Practice (IIP), and vaccine storage and management. His contributions helped to improve the capacity of health program management, interpersonal communication skills and the surveillance of adverse events following immunization.
For decades, Cuong has developed extensive experience in immunization service management, cold chain inventory and maintenance, Effective Vaccine Management (assessment and continuous Improvement Plan), and medical research. He has published 20 articles related to the elimination of maternal neonatal tetanus, the epidemiology of EPI disease epidemics, and the implementation of Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccines.
In 2005 and 2006 he was a member of the GAVI Independent Review Committee. He worked as a member of the monitoring teams and participated in expert panels to review and assess Annual Progress Reports from countries that have received support from GAVI.
Cuong holds a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H), as well as master’s and doctorate degrees in Clinical Tropical Medicine (MCTM). He has attended training courses on GTN/Vaccine Management Training, and he contributed to a safety project to prequalify equipment and devices used in immunization services.