New Project on Antimicrobial Use in Vietnam
The new VACAL project (www.vacal.org) ‘Development and Evaluation of an Antimicrobial Use Calculator for terrestrial Food Animals to be deployed in Veterinary drug shops in Vietnam’ has recently kicked-off, as part of the ‘Risk Mitigation and Management of Human Health Threats along Animal Value Chains – OSRO/VIE/402/USA project’. VACAL is a pilot study implemented by ViParc (OUCRU) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It also includes partners such as Department of Agriculture (Ministry of Agriculture, Vietnam), and Nong Lam University, of Ho Chi Minh City (NLU). This project aims to implement a system of monitoring antimicrobial sales at retail point. Through the project we will develop and test a tablet-based, user-friendly App to capture antimicrobial sales intended for Vietnamese terrestrial livestock (including poultry) considering populations of different sizes and ages (weights) as well as different administration route (water, feed, injection). This tool will be tested on a random selection of antimicrobial providers (veterinary drug shops) in Bac Giang (north) and Dong Thap (south) provinces. A random selection of 30 veterinary drug shops will be performed in each of these two provinces. Owners of these veterinary drug shops will be asked to enter the information on sales of antimicrobial in their store using the App installed in a tablet. The amounts entered will be used to calculate amounts of antimicrobials standardized as commonly used metrics (mg/kg live animal – and Defined Daily Dose (per kilogram of live animal). The AMU calculator will store information on antimicrobial contents of ~12,000 products currently licensed for animal use in Vietnam. Results on quantities of antimicrobials sold in the selected provinces will be related to the animal population statistics in the two study provinces.
The link is here: www.vacal.org