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Professional training for non-state medical and pharmaceutical practitioners at Hai Duong and Binh Dinh

Within the intervention framework of the project “Non-state sector studies for Health in Vietnam” funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Health Strategy and Policy Institute (HSPI) organized two training courses at two intervention districts, which are Kim Thanh district, Hai Duong province (18th and 19th January 2013) and Hoai Nhon district, Binh Dinh province (25th and 26th January 2013), chaired by Dr. Tran Thi Mai Oanh – Deputy Director of HSPI.

Topic of the training courses was “Antibiotic and common infections in community”, and lecturers were two experienced experts in medical and pharmaceutical area: Dr. Do Khang Chien and Phar. Nguyen Thi Phuong Cham. Participants were non-state medical and pharmaceutical practitioners of two intervention districts. With practical content, adapted to suit with level and scope of local participants, the training courses showed significant results in the first step to improve professional knowledge for medical and pharmaceutical practitioners. Besides, discussion part regarding professional issues when practicing attracted a lot of attention from participants.

Finishing the training courses, research team received positive feedbacks from participants and their desires to attend more training courses in the future. Leaders of  Provincial Department of Health, District Health Centre, District Health Department appreciated the usefulness and practicality of the training courses, and desired that HSPI would keep long-term collaboration and support to improve, enhance professional quality of  non-state medical and pharmaceutical practitioners in their province and district.
1 Training content includes:
-    Bacteria, antibiotic resistance and prevention methods
-    Classification of antibiotics
-    Antibiotics’ spectrum for common bacteria
-    Rational antibiotic selection (according to WHO)
-    Use of antibiotics for particular objects: children, the elderly, pregnant women, lactating mothers
-    Guide of classifying, preserving antibiotic, and consulting rational antibiotic use
-    Community-acquired pneumonia: diagnosis, treatment and antibiotic selection
2 Research team measured knowledge of participants before and after training course by using a questionnaire. The result showed that: percentage of correct answer for each question and the average knowledge point of the class was increased after training (for example: the average point of class in Hai Duong increased from 6,4 to 9 out of 14 points; the average point of non-state pharmaceutical group in Binh Dinh increased from 4,8 to 6,9 out of 14 points, etc.)

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