Situation Analysis: Antibiotic Use and Resistance in Vietnam

October 2010

Research Area: Antibiotic Resistance | Region: East Asia and Pacific
Type: Report
The Question

What is the current state of antibiotics and resistance in Vietnam and what can be done to reduce the burden of bacterial infections?

What We Found

Lack of information about antibiotics and more concern for short-term rather than long-term outcomes are the driving factors behind widespread antibiotic resistance in Vietnam. There is a dearth of options available to curb the growth and effects of antibiotic resistance, but the key component of an anti-resistance campaign will be consistent application and enforcement.

Why It Matters

Antibiotic resistance is a pressing public health concern in Vietnam and can be reduced through effective policies.  If Vietnam is successful, the practices and regulations used may serve as a model for other nations struggling to combat antibiotic resistance as well.