[health-vn] Alcohol in Vietnam
vinhitb at hcm.vnn.vn
Wed Apr 29 11:55:42 EST 2009
Dear anh Hong Phong and All,
I am sorry if this message bothers you. But I am very happy and must write to resonate the great importance and necessity of such research. Drinking and smoking are among the current most serious problems in terms of public health and socio-economic development in Vietnam. Alcohol-drinking and/or smoking directly has been kills or disabled many people, especially the young, future of a nation, via traffic accidents and other direct or indirect causes. Just yesterday, my colleagues observed a terrible heart-breaking accident on the rural road in Ninh Thuan that instantly killed a wife and seriously injured the driving drunken husband. I am not sure about present situation of the poor guy that was took to the hospital soon after the self-accident. I hope your research results can help inform the public and policy/decision makers regarding such problem in Vietnam.
Best of lucks with your research. And by the way, I wish a good health to All!
Nguyen Xuan Vinh
Acting Head of Department of Ecology
Institute of Tropical Biology
Address of Section for Ecology, Resources and Environment Studies (SIERES):
85 Tran Quoc Toan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel/Fax: (84-8) 3932 5995
Mob: 091 834 8908
Email: <mailto:vinh.itb at gmail.com> vinh.itb at gmail.com
From: health-vn-bounces at anu.edu.au [mailto:health-vn-bounces at anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Vu Hong Phong
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:34 AM
To: [health-vn discussion group]; vern at coombs.anu.edu.au
Subject: [health-vn] Alcohol in Vietnam
My name is Hong Phong. I am doing a doctoral research in alcohol consumption, its meanings and impacts, in rural area of Vietnam.
I would be very happy if any of you can tell or send me relevant information or articles or reports on production, consumption, cultural meanings of alcohol in Vietnam. I am especially interested in alcohol consumption in rural areas, migrants, mixed ethnic communities.
Thank you very much in advance,
Vu Hong Phong
Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK
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Funding for AIDS drugs suffering due to global financial crisis, say UN
A health worker counselling women about HIV/AIDS treatment
28 April 2009 â€“ A new United Nations study finds that the global financial
crisis is impacting the ability of people with HIV to obtain life-saving drugs,
a serious concern given that some two thirds of those in need of such
medications still do not get them.
conducted last month by the World Bank, the World Health Organization
(WHO) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) found that 8 out of 69
countries already face shortages of antiretroviral drugs or other disruptions
The results of the survey, published in the report â€œAverting a Human Crisis
during the Global Downturn: Policy Options from the World Bankâ€™s Human
Development Network,â€ also show that respondents in 22 countries in Africa,
Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia, and Asia and Pacific expect the crisis to
impact treatment programmes over the coming year.
Together, these countries are home to more than 60 per cent of people worldwide
on antiretroviral treatment.
Although the number of people receiving treatment globally has expanded
recently, two thirds of those in need of such drugs still do not get them, and
the current economic downturn
could worsen the situation, including by
â€œThis new report shows that people on AIDS treatment could be in danger of
losing their place in the lifeboat,â€ says Joy Phumaphi, the World Bankâ€™s
President for Human Development and former Health Minister for Botswana.
â€œWe cannot afford a â€˜lostâ€™ generation of people as a result of this
Phumaphi adds. â€œIt is essential that developing countries and aid donors act
to protect and expand their spending on health, education and other basic
services and target these efforts to make sure they reach the poorest and most
The Bank is encouraging countries which depend extensively on external donor
AIDS financing to identify impending cash shortages as far as possible in
advance, and to liaise with the Bank and other partners to help to mobilize
â€˜bridge financingâ€™ that prevents interruptions to AIDS treatment.
It also warns that maintaining and expanding effective HIV prevention
during the current crisis is essential to guard against a resurgence of new
Providing universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support
services to those in need by 2010 is one of several targets world leaders
committed themselves to as part of the anti-poverty objectives known as the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
To assist countries during the current downturn, the World Bank last week
announced it was mobilizing up to $3.1 billion this year in health financing to
help poor countries battle threats to their social services, and doubling its
education financing in low- and middle-income countries to $4.09 billion.
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