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Situation Analysis: Antibiotic Use and Resistance in Vietnam

The Question

What is thecurrent state of antibiotics and resistance in Vietnam and what can be done to reducethe burden of bacterial infections?

What we found

Lack ofinformation about antibiotics and more concern for short-term rather thanlong-term outcomes are the driving factors behind widespread antibioticresistance in Vietnam. There is a dearth of options available to curb thegrowth and effects of antibiotic resistance, but the key component of ananti-resistance campaign will be consistent application and enforcement.

Why it matters

Antibioticresistance is a pressing public health concern in Vietnam and can be reduced througheffective policies.  If Vietnam issuccessful, the practices and regulations used may serve as a model for othernations struggling to combat antibiotic resistance as well.