Upcoming Events

The 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR10) will be held in Siem Reap, Cambodia from 26th to 29th May, 2020

“Improving Health Equity among Greater Sub-Mekong Region: A Public Health Challenge”


Methodological Innovations in Epidemiology

The Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University collaborating with Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) will organize the 51st APACPH conference 2019 under the theme “SDGs in Reality”

The 7th AHLA conference with the main theme Health Literacy in Smart Universal Healthcare, to be held in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, 10th-12th November 2019

Recent works

ADDRESSING VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN - Mapping the Needs and Resources in Eight Cities across the World - An EBLS's NaRA Report
The Evidence for Better Lives Study is a critical partner in the efforts by international organisations to achieve the...
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...
“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...
Health risk due to food contamination induced by urban flood - PhD student: Nguyen Thanh Gia
Hue city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Huong (perfume) river. The rainy season is from August to...

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.