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The 13th international conference on Public Health among Greater Mekong Sub-Regional countries on "Enhancing transdisciplinary collaborations on Education and Research to tackle priority public health issues in the new Era" has following objectives:

  • To strengthen the relationship of Faculties of Public Health among the Southeast Asian countries and in the world;
  • To share research results in the field of Public Health as well as priority public health issues among greater Mekong Sub-Regional countries;
  • To search for feasible solutions to enhance international collaboration among Public Health Faculties in Mekong Sub-Region and a wider area of the Southeast Asian countries about training and research in Public Health.

An abstract should be in one paragraph with no more 350 words, describing the major aspects of the entire paper in a prescribed sequence that includes: 1) Introduction: The overall purpose of the study and the research problem(s) you investigated; 2) Objective(s): The outcomes that you aim to achieve by conducting research; 3) Method: The basic design of the study; 4) Results: Major findings or trends found as a result of your analysis; and, 5) Conclusions: a brief summary of your interpretations and conclusions.

Thua Thien Hue provincial Association of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in collaboration with the Faculty of Public Health and the Institute for Community Health Research of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hue University, will host a scientific conference on Public Health.  (updating...)

Emerging infectious diseases are, more than ever, at the center of the world’s attention. Join a diverse group of colleagues from around the world as they present new knowledge and breakthroughs about how to discover, detect, understand, prevent and respond to outbreaks of emerging disease threats.

Rescheduled Date: October 3-5th, 2021

Venue: Kaohsiung Marriott Hotel (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

Length: 2.5 days (+1 day Pre-Event Meeting)

Program: Interest Group Seminars, Summit Programming (Workshops, Oral/Poster Presentations, Symposiums, Alternative Sessions, Plenary Speakers), Welcome Reception, Banquet, Master Classes, Cultural Tours

Recent works

ICHR publication on "Health behavior"
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ICHR publication on "Environmental Health"
Environmental health is the branch of public health that: focuses on the relationships between people and their...
ICHR publication on "Infectious and Tropical diseases"
Vietnam faces infectious diseases, tropical diseases related to the climate characteristics of the region. Research in...
ICHR publication on "Mental health and NCDs"
ICHR Institute has leading experts in these fields in the Central - Central Highlands region, participating in research...
ICHR publication on "Maternal & Child Health and Reproductive Health"
Maternal & Child Health and Reproductive Health is a strong research area of ICHR with the participation of many...

ICHR's Snakebite Project 2021 - 2024: The field work is on [Updated January, 2024]

New from fieldwork: Project "Frequency of snakebites, responsible snake species, availability of antivenom and assessment of case management practices in Vietnam: A hospital study''


The World Health Organisation aims to provide better health care for snakebite patients, thereby reducing the number of disabilities and deaths caused by snakebites by 50% by 2030. Our project not only approaches snakebite cases but would also cover antivenom utilisation and some clinical aspects. Thus, this project could draw an overview of venomous snake bites in Vietnam, with information about the use and needs of antivenom, health workers' knowledge in the management of venomous snakebites and ultimately, it could update national guidelines for managing snakebites in Vietnam.


Since the Kick-off meeting, we have made progress in engaging many hospitals for collecting snakebite data in the North-Central Coast and Central Highland region of Vietnam, including Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien – Hue, Da Nang, Dak Lak, Lam Dong and Khanh Hoa provinces. On visiting certain hospitals, the data were reviewed for snakebite cases, including medical records from both electronic and paper-based (hard copies) systems. Pharmaceutical departments were asked for the availability of snake antivenom at the hospitals. Besides, in some hospitals, we interviewed doctors and nurses in the Intensive Care Unit or the Emergency Department for their experience and knowledge of snakebite case management. In the following months, the project will be scaled-up to other provinces in the South-Central Coast and Southeast regions.


Photo: Working with the Institute of Vaccines and Biological Medical, Nha Trang, for information on snake antivenom production in Vietnam


Photo: Organising interview section for doctors and nurses working in Lam Dong Provincial Hospital




***Project updates on Feb 23, 2023


In February 2023, we visited hospitals in Dong Nai, Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Binh Thuan provinces. The working trip was successful with the hospital's support, and we have made good progress in reviewing medical records of snakebite cases. The results were impressive about the snake fauna and snake’s envenoming treatment in the Southeast region. Based on the medical records, the most dangerous snake species in the area were Malayan Pit Viper, known as Ran Cham Quap in Vietnamese. Malayan Pit Viper bite could cause severe swelling at the bite site, bleeding, and systemic abnormal hemostasis in patients. Malayan Pit Viper’s antivenom could help improve the condition of patients, and it could also reduce the hospitalisation period of snakebite envenoming. However, antivenom is still not available in the area.


Photo: Doctors and nurses working at the ICU and ER were interviewed

on their experience and knowledge of snakebite treatment in Vung Tau Hospital



Photo: Working on medical records in Vung Tau Hospital



Photo: At Northern Binh Thuan Area Hospital, the patients had to be referred to Ninh Thuan Hospital (neighbouring province)

for snake antivenom if they got bitten by certain snakes.


***Project updates in January 2024


The data was collected from 33 provinces at more than 50 provincial hospitals. We have progressed with almost all provinces of Vietnam's Central and Central Highland regions. We also visited Lang Son, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Dien Bien, Son La and Hai Phong provinces in Northern Vietnam. Notably, none of these provinces had snake antivenom stored in the pharmaceutical departments, which made snakebite management difficult and potentially provided unfavoured outcomes for the snakebite envenoming patient.


Photo: Discusion about snakebite envenoming at the ICU, Son La Provincial Hospital, Son La province, Northwest Vietnam



Photo: Dr Joerg Blessmann (middle, Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine) and ICHR's staff was working with Dien Bien Provincial Hospital, Dien Bien Province, Northwest Vietnam


The project is planned to finish the data collection in March 2024 and also organise training on snakebite envenoming for the medical staff working at provincial hospitals in some areas of Vietnam. These trainings are essential as they could help deliver updates on snakebite envenoming management to the medical staff working with snakebite envenoming at the hospitals.