New seed grant for air pollution in large urban areas in Vietnam

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Our Air Pollution Research team has just been awarded a seed grant to conduct a health impact assessment for air pollution in large urban areas in Vietnam.

Researchers from the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, the University of Sydney, Hanoi University of Public Health, University of Engineering and Technology, and the Bach Mai Hospital will work together to:
- Develop models to estimate the spatial distribution of air pollutant concentrations,
- Estimate premature mortality due to current ambient air pollutant exposure, and
- Quantify the potential health benefits due to policy relevant air pollution emissions control scenarios.

This seed grant is funded by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) at the University of Sydney.

V-RESIST Symposium

The University of Sydney and its affiliates, including the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and the Westmead Institute for Medical Research, held the V-RESIST Symposium in Sydney, Australia during 22-24 May 2019.

Policy makers, health staff and researchers working on antimicrobial resistance joined the discussion to exchange approaches to antimicrobial stewardship in healthcare and community settings in Australia and Vietnam and developed intervention strategies to the cluster randomised controlled trial V-RESIST.

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Training course on self-stigma

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From 9-11th May 2019, Lisa Redwood, our PhD student and Ian Hodgson trained a group of NGO’s in Hanoi on how to facilitate 'Inside Out: Dealing with self-stigma and shame for people with tuberculosis (TB)'. This toolkit was developed last year by KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation and The Work for Change.

During the training course, our researchers and colleagues at KNCV, SCDI and Hai Dang group discussed the toolkit and learned how to apply it into their daily work.

This workshop will be rolled out as a randomised controlled trial to patients with tuberculosis and MDR-TB to evaluate its effect on self-stigma, wellbeing and treatment success.

VSMART

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On 9 May 2019, researchers from Woolcock Vietnam National TB Program gathered in the Vietnam National Lung Hospital to prepare an implementation plan for the new community-based parallel group randomised controlled trial - VSMART.

The study, funded by NAFOSTED and NHMRC, aims to evaluate effectiveness of an innovative mHealth adverse event application on treatment success among multi drug resistant TB patients.

The "Health Security Roundtable” discussion

On 7 May 2019, the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology hosted the “Health Security Roundtable” discussion with representatives from Ministry of Health (GDPM and VAMS), research institutes (George Institute, NIHE, HMU, UPM, NIN), national hospitals (Cho Ray, Bach Mai hospitals) as well as international organisations (WHO, CDC, PATH, FAO, CIRAD, and HAIVN).

At the workshop, 60 human and animal health researchers and programmers shared updated information on antimicrobial resistance and the outbreak of infectious diseases, identified the gaps and discussed possible solutions.