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.

Recent Activities

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.

Dr. Nguyen van Kinh, Director, National Hospital of Tropical Diseases
Principal Investigator
Rogier van Doorn, Director, OUCRU, Hanoi
Do Thuy Nga, OUCRU, Hanoi
Inaugural meeting


2015 Priorities

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.

Situation Analysis
Situation Analysis: Antibiotic Use and Resistance in Vietnam (2010)


Blog & News: 

Working Group
GARP-Vietnam Working Group
Nguyen Van Kinh, MD, PhD
Director, National Hospital of Tropical Diseases (NHTD), Hanoi
Working group Members
Doan Mai Phuong, MD, PhD        
Head, Department of Microbiology, Bach Mai Hospital, Hanoi
Hoang Thanh Mai, MD     
Communication Expert, Drug Administration, Ministry of Health
Le Thi Anh Thu, MD, PhD
Head of Infection Control Department, Cho Ray Hospital
Luong Ngọc Khue, MD, PhD        
Director, Medical Services Administration, Ministry of Health
Ngo Thi Bich Ha, Pharm, MSc      
Officer, Medical Services Administration, Ministry of Health
Nguyen Hong Ha, MD, MSc          
Vice-Director, NHTD
Nguyen Thi Kim Chuc, MD, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Deputy Head, Lecturer, Department of Family Medicine, Hanoi Medical University
Nguyen Vu Trung, MD, PhD        
Assistant Professor, Vice-Director of NHTD, Chief of Clinical Laboratories, NHTD. Deputy Head, Lecturer, Department of Microbiology, Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam
Peter Horby, MD  
Director, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Hanoi
Tran Tinh Hien, MD, PhD
Professor, Vice-Director, Clinical Research, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Truong Quọc Cuong, Pharm, PhD          
Director of Drug Administration, Ministry of Health
Vu Dinh Ton, PhD
Lecturer, Head of Livestock Production Department, Hanoi Agriculture University
Ongoing and Completed Research
Ongoing research
C-reactive protein (CRP) point of care test clinical trial
A randomized clinical diagnostic trial to evaluate whether point-of-care CRP testing can bring down antibiotic use safely in 10 primary health care stations in Vietnam. The study includes a day 4 urine test for detecting antibiotics and a day 14 follow up by telephone to ask about symptom duration and antibiotic use. The total required sample size is 2,000. At present, 1,250 patients have been recruited and recruitment for the trial should be finalized in April 2015.
Completed research
Do Thi Thuy N, Nguyen Thi Kim C, Nguyen Phuong H, Nguyen Quynh H, Nguyen Thi Thuy N, Hoang Thi L, et al. Antibiotic sales in rural and urban pharmacies in northern Vietnam: an observational study. BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology 2014;15(1):6
Pham DK, Chu J, Do NT, Brose F, Degand G, Delahaut P, De Pauw E, Douny C, Van Nguyen K, Vu TD, Scippo ML, Wertheim HF. Monitoring Antibiotic Use and Residue in Freshwater Aquaculture for Domestic Use in Vietnam. EcoHealth 2015:doi: 10.1007/s10393-014-1006-z
Van Kinh N, Do Thuy Thi N, Chandna A, Nguyen TV, Van Pham C, Doan PM, et al. Antibiotic use and resistance in emerging economies: a situation analysis for Viet Nam. BMC Public Health 2013;13(1):1158
Wertheim H, Van Nguyen K, Hara GL, Gelband H, Laxminarayan R, Mouton J and Cars O. Global survey of polymyxin use: A call for international guidelines. Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance 2013;1(3):131–134.