ViParc Engagement Activities with Vietnamese Veterinary Pharmacists Presented in Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand, 19-20 March 2019
ViParc team member Vu Thi Quynh Giao recently presented the project’s activities for engaging Vietnamese veterinary pharmacists on responsible antibiotic use at a regional workshop themed Evidence-Based Public Engagement.
The workshop, jointly organized by the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) and the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU), took place from 18-19 March in Bangkok.
Recounting the process from hearing anecdotal stories about veterinary pharmacists in the Mekong Delta, to conducting surveys and piloting targeted engagements with key pharmacists in the region, Ms. Giao said their involvement in helping farmers reduce antibiotic use in livestock production should be better recognized.
As a first step, the ViParc project has produced an animated video titled Healthy Chickens Need No Antibiotics, which aims to spark a conversation between veterinary pharmacists and poultry farmers on good farming practices and responsible use of antibiotics.
The video’s message, i.e. stop using antibiotics prophylactically in chickens, was echoed by a few other event delegates, who found similar challenges regarding antibiotic overuse in Thailand and Nepal.
The workshop was attended by over 60 members of Oxford University’s tropical network in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and Nepal. It also served as a platform where the Wellcome Trust introduced its new strategies and funding schemes for science-led engagements worldwide.