While vaccines have gradually reduced or eliminated various infectious diseases, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable diseases still exist, posing a threat to those without access to vaccines. At World Vaccine Congress Asia 2013 , this coming June, Dr. Charung Muangchana will be giving insights on eliminating these vaccine-preventable diseases, focusing specifically on the response to vaccine security and self-reliance in Asia. Apart from speaking about how to establish quality assurance in the supply of vaccines, Dr. Muangchana will also discuss directing R&D efforts towards realizing sustainable immunization programs for Asia to control the spread of diseases, as well as leveraging on Asian and ASEAN collaboration to tackle such disease burdens.
Dr. Charung Muangchana is currently the Director of the Department of Disease Control in the National Vaccine Institute (NVI), Thailand. Before joining the NVI, he has worked as a medical practitioner and directors of community hospitals in Southern Thailand. Dr. Muangchana holds a PhD from the School of Public Health in Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and an MD from Siriraj Hospital University, Thailand.