Research Project in Vietnam
On going projects
๐ Resilient and Response Health Systems (RESYST)
RESYST is an international research consortium which aims to enhance the resilience and responsiveness of health systems to promote health and health equity and reduce poverty.
Health care in Vietnam is financed through several sources including user fees, government tax revenue and health insurance. Whilst Vietnam spends a high share of GDP on health compared with other low and middle-income countries (6.2% in 2007), out-of-pocket payments still compromise a large proportion of funding and prevent many poor people from accessing services.
In order to achieve universal coverage by 2014 (a target set by the national Government towards achieving the objective of equity in health care), a mandatory health insurance scheme has been introduced providing beneficiaries with access to inpatient and outpatient care at public health facilities. Whilst fee-for-service has been the main type of provider payment mechanism under this scheme, there is currently a shift towards capitation payment aimed at containing costs and improving the quality of services..read more
Head of project : Kara Hanson and Lucy Gilson
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๐ Lovastatin for adult patients with dengue: protocol for a randomised controlled trial.
Dengue is the most important vector-borne viral infection of man, with approximately 2 billion people living in areas at risk. Infection results in a range of manifestations from asymptomatic infection through to life-threatening shock and haemorrhage. One of the hallmarks of severe dengue is vascular endothelial disruption. There is currently no specific therapy and clinical management is limited to supportive care. Statins are a class of drug initially developed for lipid lowering. There has been considerable recent interest in their effects beyond lipid lowering. These include anti-inflammatory effects at the endothelium. In addition, it is possible that lovastatin may have an anti-viral effect against dengue. Observational data suggest that the use of statins may improve outcomes for such conditions as sepsis and pneumonia. This paper describes the protocol for a randomised controlled trial investigating a short course of lovastatin therapy in adult patients with dengue.
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Project Leader: James Whitehorn
๐ The AsiaFluCap Project
Operational planning to implement strategic pandemic influenza plans remains a major challenge. This project will help ensure resources are deployed effectively and efficiently in countries in Asia in the event of a pandemic. To date, an important challenge has been that there is no universally accepted, organised method for evaluating preparedness... read more
Head of the project: Richard Coker
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