Upcoming Events

This 11th conference focuses on the broad public health aspects of Health Equity issues in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region countries with the theme: “Improving Health Equity among Greater Sub-Mekong Region: A Public Health Challenge”

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

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

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 Research Project "Epidemiology of Snakebites in Can Tho City" in 2018

Snakebites and poisonous snakebites are still a neglected health problem in the community, snake venom can be dangerous to the life of the victim and can leave bad sequelae unless having rightful first aids and treatment.  Can Tho city, the capital of the Southwest of Vietnam, is recognized as a land of rivers and water areas with the appropriate environment for the development of the snakes.  For that reason, the Institute for Community Health Research (ICHR) in cooperation with the Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine - Hamburg, Germany, and the Health Department of Can Tho City has implemented the survey named "Epidemiology and Management of Snakebite" in 2018.



In Jan 2018, the research team led by A/Prof. Vo Van Thang - Director of the ICHR and Dr. Joerg Blessmann - Bernhard Noct Institute for Tropical Medicine had come and worked with the Can Tho Health Department in Can Tho City.  Thereby, the ICHR decided to carry out a community-based research and training sessions on prevention and treatment of poisonous snake bites for health staff with the support of a local research team with Dr. Cao Minh Chu - Deputy Director of Can Tho Health Department - acting as the coordinator.


Picture: Study site survey and piloting in Can Tho


In Mar 2018, the study was officially conducted in Can Tho city with a sample size of more than 15,000 people. The main aim of the study was to examine the number of people bitten by snake in 2017 through households interviewing, which wererandomly selected, to find the prevalence of snake bites in the community.  The study also collectedsecondary data on the treatment of snakebites at the infirmary in the city from 2015-2017 including the General Hospital of Can Tho City, Can Tho Pediatric Hospital, 121 Military Hospital and some district hospitals that had had hospitalized patients for snakebite treatment. The data collected were information about the status of patients, the clinical as well as para-clinical symptoms of the patients, treatment... noted directly from their medical records.  Parallel to the process of data collection, the research team also coordinated training sessions on knowledge for medical staff specialized in snakebite treatment in many city's hospitals about poisonous snake species in Mekong River Delta, guidelines of first aids and management when bitten by venomous snake, especially the treatment with antivenom and its side effects.


Picture: Survey on snakebite data in the area integrated with snakebite education


Picture: Training on data collection as well as knowledge on prevention and treatment of snakebite for local medical staff


The research outcomes will be published at the end of 2018 for making recommendations about snake bites in the localregion, as the World Health Organization has added snakebite envenoming to the list of neglected tropical diseasesin 2017. Through the deployment of this epidemiological research and the training of snakebite knowledge, the ICHR has contributed to promotingpublicawareness and attentionon this issue.

 April, 2018 - ICHR