Upcoming Events

 In 2018, the 10th GMS-ICPH is themed “Health Equity and Response of Crisis.”

The organizing committee of the 6th AHLA conference is pleased to invite you to participate in the 6th International Health Literacy Conference: A Health Literate Asia and Beyond, to be held in Taichung, Taiwan, October 25th-27th, 2018

“Public Health Challenges in the 21st Century” ​

The theme of the 9th ICPH-GMS (2017), Yangon is “Adopting Healthy Lifestyle: Combating Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)”. NCDs are the leading causes of death in the GMS countries at present and they create enormous health burden with serious socioeconomic implications.

In order to widen the scientific research themes and strengthen international and national relationships of young researchers and students with other Faculty of Public Health among Southeast Asian countries, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy will host The Second Scientific Conference of Young Researchers in April 2018.

Recent works

The Research Project "Epidemiology of Snakebites in Can Tho City" in 2018
The Institute for Community Health Research in cooperation with the Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine -...
“Hue Healthy Adolescent Cohort Study: Promotion of healthy vision and prevention of non-communicable diseases”
Institute for Community Health Research, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy in collaboration with Tokyo Medical...
People recovering from a first episode of schizophrenia in Hue and Da Nang
A study of their functioning in family, work and community life, and the factors that influence it.
“Why medical research needs ethical approval” – Professor Tran Tinh Hien
The program attracted the attention and participation of lecturers from the Faculty of Public Health and more than 40...
A cross-sectional study was conducted on 247 workers at Binh De construction stone manufacturing cooperative and Tuy...

Health risk due to food contamination induced by urban flood - PhD student: Nguyen Thanh Gia

PhD Student: Nguyen Thanh Gia

Supervisors: Prof.Toru Watanabe

International University: Yamagata university, Japan

            Health risk due to food contamination induced by urban flood - PhD student Nguyen Thanh Gia

             Contaminated water is a source of foodborne pathogens (Yakov Pachepsky et al., 2011). Flooded water may contaminate the local water and food supply and damage the sewage system, resulting in contamination and increase the potential for communicable diseases (Du et al., 2010). If urban flooding occurs in areas with combined sewer systems, flood water may pose health risks to citizens exposed to pathogens in these waters (Veldhuis et al., 2010). Foodborne diseases are the consequence of consuming contaminated foodstuffs, and range from diseases caused by a multitude of microorganisms to those caused by chemical hazards (WHO, 2014a). Foodborne diseases threaten international public health security. Diarrheal diseases alone - a considerable proportion of which is foodborne - kill 2.2 million people globally every year (WHO, 2014b). Increases in waterborne and foodborne diarrheal disease have been reported in India, Brazil, Bangladesh, Mozambique, and USA, following flooding episodes (Cairncross & Alvarinho, 2006).

              Hue city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the perfume river. The rainy season is from August to January, with a flood season from October, onwards. Since Hue city has no wastewater treatment plants, fecal pathogens should be always discharged from this city to the Perfume river. Oyster, which is one of the important vehicles for the transfer of foodborne pathogens since it has a potential to accumulate enteric viruses and bacteria, is cultivated in Tam Giang lagoon in the downstream of the river. So oyster is probably affected by contaminants from Hue city, where urban flooding occurs regularly. So far, however, no studies have tried to evaluate the risk of foodborne disease due to urban flood around Hue city. We hypothesize that wastewater from the urban area triggers contamination of oysters, resulted in a considerable health risk. This study is designed to test the hypothesis by evaluating the risk of foodborne disease due to urban flood surrounding Hue city. And develop a methodology to convert risk of foodborne diseases to quality of life based on the feeling of affected people.



Annual flood in Hue


               Methodology: With the aim of evaluating the risk of foodborne infectious diseases due to urban flood surrounding Hue city, we have performed field surveys, lab experiments and using models. We have taken data on contamination of water and oysters at the study site by field surveys. In parallel, we have made interview participants who are randomized to collect related information. After the lab experiments to obtain the key parameters for behaviors of pathogens in water environment, we use models, considering the geographical condition and the predicted occurrence of seasonal floods, to describe their behaviors at the study site. And finally the risk of infection is now being evaluated using the developed model with some supporting data such as the market trade and the consumption of the contamination food. On the other hand, based on the feeling of people in the study site, we are developing a new methodology to convert risk of foodborne disease to quality of life.


Data collection in Tam Giang lagoon (catching oyster)

Data collection in Dam Chuon lagoon (catching oyster)

Researcher was interviewing research's participant

...lab experiments to obtain the key parameters for behaviors of pathogens in water environment.