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Working to control antimicrobial resistance in Vietnam

Since August 2015, NICE International has been engaging as a partner on a two year project to develop the existing National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Vietnam, funded by the Newton Fund. This project brings together the Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MoH), National Hospital for Tropical Diseases (NHTD), and the Health Strategy and Policy Institute (HSPI) with the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) and NICE International. The partnership aims to create evidence-informed methods and governance processes to develop and implement policies and guidelines to help control AMR in Vietnam. NICE International’s role is to advise on the development and implementation of quality standards and quality indicators for AMR based on previous experience with the MoH in Vietnam and through the design and delivery of workshops.

The first workshop, hosted by the MoH in September 2015 focused on the sharing of experience, and areas of coordination and cooperation to prevent drug resistance in Vietnam, caused (in part) by overuse and over prescription of antibiotics. Dr. Nguyen Thi Xuyen, Deputy Minister of Health, highlighted the need to implement the National Action Plan on prevention of drug resistance to combat this issue. A second workshop in Hanoi is planned for December 2015, and will cover the development and implementation of quality standards and indicators for AMR.