ViParc Youth Contest Launched
Dong Thap, Vietnam, 13 November 2017
The ViParc project launched a youth contest in rural Dong Thap on 13 November, calling on students to submit photos, drawings and essays on good farming practices to reduce the need for antibiotics in poultry.
The contest, themed “Cai Nhậu Kháng Sinh Cho Gia Cầm” (“Stop Your Poultry from Binge-Drinking Antibiotics”), will receive submissions through 18 December this year.
It is jointly organized by the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Ho Chi Minh City, and two government agencies in Dong Thap, including the provincial Department of Education and Training, and the Center for Health Information and Education.
At the launch events in Chau Thanh 1 and Thanh Binh 1 high schools, four project members from ViParc performed “Rain Chicken”, which parodies the popular Vietnamese song “Em Gái Mưa” (“Rain Sister”) and which sends a strong message against animal feed medicated with growth-promoting antibiotics.
“No more crazy antibiotics when I’m not sick” is the last line from the parody, told from the perspective of a chicken enduring antibiotic resistance, after a long history of consuming antibiotic growth promoters.
The events were attended by 1,500 and 1,000 students in Chau Thanh and Thanh Binh districts, respectively.
ViParc and the contest launch were covered by multiple media outlets in Vietnam. Check out the clippings here: Tuoi Tre News, Viet Nam News (English), Dong Thap Television, Thanh Nien, VnExpress, Saigon Economic Times, Dong Thap Newspaper, Chau Thanh Portal, Thanh Binh Portal, Giao Duc, and Tin Moi Truong (Vietnamese).