GARP-Vietnam began in 2009, and continues under the leadership of Dr. Nguyen van Kinh, Director of the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases. Its secretariat is the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Hanoi.
GARP-Vietnam received U.K. funding to improve AMR surveillance, coordination and policy development for a national plan. Partners include the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, the Health Strategy and Policy Institute and the Ministry of Health.
GARP-Vietnam continues to collaborate with VINARES in the surveillance of hospital-associated infections. The GARP-funded clinical trial of the C-reactive protein point-of-care test has thus far enrolled 1,250 of the targeted 2,000 patients.
Priorities for GARP-Vietnam in 2015 include supporting the creation of an antibiotic resistance reference laboratory for Vietnam and supporting the Ministry of Health in the implementation of the National Action Plan to combat antimicrobial resistance with activities including antibiotic stewardship, surveillance and treatment guidelines.