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...

The health impacts of climate change among Ethnic minorities living in Central Vietnam

Climate change is widely recognised as one of the most crucial future health risks and a threat to sustainable development. Vietnam is expected to suffer “considerable adverse consequences because of climate change” (Rubin, 2014, p69). Yet, few studies have been done in Vietnam. In particular, information and evidence on the relationships and their implications are not available in different regions of the country and various communities. In the effort to address this gap, this study will investigate health impacts of climate change among ethnic minorities living in highland regions in central Vietnam. Findings from this research will help establish effective strategies for this population to increase their resilience to climate change.

The proposed study embraces two main goals. Firstly,  it aims to explore  the  relationships  between  climate  change  (including extreme events and natural  disasters  –  droughts,  flash-floods,  landslides) andtrends  of certain  diseases, including   cardiovascular diseases,  malnutrition,  malaria  and  other  vector-borne  diseases,  that impact  upon  ethnic  minority  groups  living in the highland areas of central Vietnam in the 5 year-period from 2010 to 2014. Additionally, it will describe the current awarenessand preparedness of these local communities and health sectors about the health effects of climate change in this area. 

Due to the two aims of this study, the research can be divided into two separate parts. In the first part, we will conduct a time series regression study, using secondary data from medical records and hydro-meteorological records from 2010 to 2014. This part will examine the associations of health effects and environmental events in the targeted area.  In addition, a cross-sectional study will be implemented, using Mixed Methods (quantitative and qualitative methods) to assess the awareness and preparedness of those ethnic minorities and health sectors for the impacts of climate change. This part of study comprises a survey for quantitative information, using the Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices – KAP- questionnaire. Moreover, in-depth  interviews  (with representatives from  health  sectors, hydro-meteorological departments and leaders of targeted groups) and  focus  group discussions (among ethnicminorities  groups and  health  workers) will be conducted to build deeper understandings of their awareness, preparedness  and demandsto deal with these impacts.