Substandard, spurious, falsely labelled, falsified and counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products

WHO

Key facts

  • SSFFC medical products may cause harm to patients and fail to treat the diseases for which they were intended.
  • They lead to loss of confidence in medicines, healthcare providers and health systems.
  • They affect every region of the world.
  • SSFFC medical products from all main therapeutic categories have been reported to WHO including medicines, vaccines and in vitro diagnostics.
  • Anti-malarials and antibiotics are amongst the most commonly reported SSFFC medical products.
  • Both Generic and Innovator medicines are falsified including very expensive products for cancer to very inexpensive products for treatment of pain.
  • They can be found in illegal street markets, via unregulated websites through to pharmacies, clinics and hospitals.

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University education lags behind due to poor training quality

Last update 07:20 | 23/01/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Universities are focusing on enrolling students in majors which are easy to teach and learn and do not require high investments in facilities and laboratories.vietnam economy, vietnamnet bridge, english news about Vietnam, Vietnam news, education reform, news about Vietnam, English news, vietnamnet news, latest news on vietnam, university education,, VNU, MOET

Education experts said they see problems in the structure and scale of majors. Most schools have become multidisciplinary, and therefore, are compared to ‘supermarkets’ where there are only ‘salable goods’.

According to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), the majors related to business and management are favored most by schools. There are 403 such majors.

Less favorite are education & training (363), humanity (280), technology (232), computing & information technology (150). Meanwhile, there are only 116 majors related to agriculture, forestry and aquaculture, 47 production & processing, social services (16) and transport services (12). Tiếp tục đọc “University education lags behind due to poor training quality”

Polluted canals in HCM City emit bad odors, affect residents’ lives

Last update 08:10 | 23/01/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City has about 2,000 kilometers of drainage canals, but many are seriously polluted. The pollution comes not only from factories and industrial zones, but also from residents’ littering.vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, vn news, sewage drains, HCMC, canal

Residents in Hiep Phu ward in district 9 have complained for many years about the bad odor from Binh Tho Canal, which badly affects their daily life.

Nguyen Thi Tiem, a local resident, said she has to close the door and windows all day to prevent the bad odor.

The canal, two kilometers long, originating from district 9 in HCMC, is a ‘hot spot’ for pollution. The canal brings garbage and pollution from residential quarters to the Sai Gon River.

The HCMC People’s Council has requested agencies to take waste water samples from many different places to define the pollution levels and the polluting sources. Tiếp tục đọc “Polluted canals in HCM City emit bad odors, affect residents’ lives”

Mekong Delta shifts strategy, takes advantage of benefits of flooding

Last update 08:16 | 24/01/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – In the past, Mekong Delta residents, striving to produce as much rice as possible, built closed embankments to prevent floods and cultivate third crops. But now they need floods to preserve water to fight drought and saline intrusion. vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, vn news, floating houses, Mekong Delta, flood

Le Anh Tuan, deputy head of the Climate Change Research Institute under Can Tho University, said it was necessary to reconsider third-crop rice cultivation.

Tuan said many years ago, ensuring food security was the priority for the Mekong Delta.
Therefore, farmers tried to cultivate three rice crops a year to increase productivity. In order to do this, they had to build embankments to prevent floods. Tiếp tục đọc “Mekong Delta shifts strategy, takes advantage of benefits of flooding”

Vietnamese women shine in scientific research

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese women have proven they can contribute greatly to the advancement of science, a field where men still dominate.
1. Nguyen Thi Lang, head of the biotechnology department of An Giang University, has been praised for her scientific research conducted in the last 25 years and achievements in creating 73 rice varieties. Thirty-one varieties have been recognized by MARD and put into production in Mekong Delta.
Lang has more than 110 scientific articles published in domestic and international journals, has published 21 books, and headed 93 scientific research works, including 29 international and six state-level works. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnamese women shine in scientific research”

Provinces agree on coastal road

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Update: March, 30/2017 – 09:00

Leaders of six provinces on Tuesday sat down with relevant ministers to talk about the construction of a coastal highway route, the detailed plan for which was approved back in 2010. — Photo vnexpress.net

HÀ NỘI – Leaders of six provinces on Tuesday sat down with relevant ministers to talk about the construction of a coastal highway route, the detailed plan for which was approved back in 2010.

The 550-kilometre highway will traverse the northern port city of Hải Phòng, Quảng Ninh, Thái Bình, Nam Định, Ninh Bình and Thanh Hóa provinces.

Minister of Planning and Investment, Nguyễn Chí Dũng, said that without such a route, the six cities won’t be able to connect, wasting potential development opportunities.

Dũng said the ministry had received investment plans from all six provinces, but each differs on the scale, direction, mechanism and resources for the route. Meanwhile, it was necessary to unify the direction, scale and importance of connecting with each other to promote effectiveness, he said. Tiếp tục đọc “Provinces agree on coastal road”

Child abuse: When silence becomes criminal

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Update: March, 16/2017 – 09:00

By Thu Vân

I cannot breathe. (So forgive the shrillness of this piece)

Suffocating doesn’t begin to describe the way my heart constricts these days as news about sexual abuse of children breaks out, one after another.

And as heartbreaking as the cases are, the brain explodes in the deafening silence from those we believe are there to uphold the law, protect our children.

A 13-year-old girl in Cà Mau Province and her family reported to local police that she was abused by a neighbour eight times and petitioned that the perpetrator be taken to court. The answer they got from the police last November was a decision not to investigate further because “there was not enough evidence”.

Last month, on February 10, the girl killed herself. Tiếp tục đọc “Child abuse: When silence becomes criminal”

Phu Quoc is transforming into a tourist hub

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With a wave of investments in developing luxury tourism property projects, Phu Quoc Island is transforming rapidly and expected to soon become a popular tourist hub of Viet Nam.

Many experts and developers said, not exaggeratedly, Phu Quoc, an island off the coast of Kien Giang Province with the beautiful white beach stretching along 150 kilometres, would become a tourist hub such as Singapore’s Sentosa, Indonesia’s Bali and Thailand’s Phuket or even beyond. Tiếp tục đọc “Phu Quoc is transforming into a tourist hub”

China eyes an opportunity to take ownership of climate change fight

The Guardian

The economic and environmental cost of pollution will drive Beijing’s policies regardless of what Donald Trump does

Smog in Liaocheng in eastern China. Reducing carbon emissions is a priority for Beijing’s leadership and could help to bring about global change.
Smog in Liaocheng in eastern China. Reducing carbon emissions is a priority for Beijing’s leadership, which could influence the global battle against climate change. Photograph: Sipa Asia/REX/Shutterstock

Twenty years ago, climate change was believed by many in Beijing to be a conspiracy cooked up by the western world to contain China’s development.

Since then, China has performed an about-turn, not only recognising climate change as a major global challenge but also, ahead of Davos this week, vowing to lead the world’s effort in combating it.

The election of Donald Trump, who, labelling climate change a “hoax” created by China, has reversed the conspiracy, casts a dark shadow on the prospect of future international climate cooperation. But for China, now could be a moment of opportunity. Tiếp tục đọc “China eyes an opportunity to take ownership of climate change fight”

Ánh mắt cầu cứu của “biểu tượng Đà Nẵng”

– 69 HOÀNG VĂN MINH 6:30 AM, 29/03/2017

Dự án xây dựng khu nghỉ dưỡng của Cty Cổ phần Biển Tiên Sa – nơi có 25 cá thể Vooc đang sinh sống.

Có người bảo Đà Nẵng có ba nơi nhạy cảm. Một là bờ biển thì coi như đã “xong”. Hai là bờ sông Hàn hiện cũng đã “hòm hòm”. Điểm còn lại là Sơn Trà, hiện đang “dậy sóng” bởi dự án xây dựng khu nghỉ dưỡng của Cty Cổ phần Biển Tiên Sa cùng với “quy hoạch tổng thể phát triển du lịch quốc gia Sơn Trà, TP. Đà Nẵng đến năm 2025, định hướng đến năm 2030”. Nếu đề án này thành hiện thực, Sơn Trà sẽ “nát như tương” và những đàn voọc chà vá chân nâu – biểu tượng của Đà Nẵng tại APEC 2017 tới đây sẽ không còn đất sống.

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Việt Nam phản đối Mỹ vinh danh blogger Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh

DT Bộ Ngoại giao hôm nay đã nêu rõ phản ứng của Việt Nam trước việc Mỹ vừa trao giải thưởng “Phụ nữ quốc tế dũng cảm” cho bà Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh – người được biết đến nhiều với biệt danh là Mẹ Nấm.

Trả lời câu hỏi của phóng viên về đề nghị cho biết phản ứng của Việt Nam trước việc này, Người Phát ngôn Bộ Ngoại giao Lê Hải Bình nêu rõ: “Chính sách nhất quán của Việt Nam là luôn luôn bảo vệ và thúc đẩy quyền cơ bản của người dân, trong đó có quyền của phụ nữ. Các nỗ lực và thành tựu của Việt Nam trong việc không ngừng đảm bảo và cải thiện quyền con người trong thời gian qua đã được cộng đồng quốc tế ghi nhận và đánh giá cao”.

Người Phát ngôn Bộ Ngoại giao Việt Nam Lê Hải Bình (Ảnh: Hữu Nghị)
Người Phát ngôn Bộ Ngoại giao Việt Nam Lê Hải Bình (Ảnh: Hữu Nghị)

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Vietnam labels Taiwan drills on disputed island ‘serious violation’

China claims most of the energy-rich waters through which about US$5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

Taiwan’s claim to Itu Aba is complicated by the fact that China considers Taiwan sovereign territory. Taiwan and China both claim the South China Sea using old maps that date back to the late 1940s when the Nationalists ruled China. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam labels Taiwan drills on disputed island ‘serious violation’”

UPDATE 1-Companies to invest $3.3 billion in solar projects in Vietnam’s Daklak province

By Mai Nguyen

Reuters_Vietnam’s Daklak province on Saturday granted licences and signed memorandums of understanding for the development of several solar power projects worth a combined $3.3 billion.

Vietnam has been mostly reliant on coal-fired and hydro power plants to accommodate its annual electricity demand growth of around 11 percent, but wants to boost its renewable energy output amid rising resources scarcity and environmental issues.

U.S. group AES Corporation signed an memorandum of understanding with the province to invest $750 million in a solar plant with expected capacity of 300-500 megawatts.

Vietnamese private firm Xuan Thien Daklak on Saturday received a provincial government licence to invest $2.2 billion in a 2,000-megawatt solar power project in Daklak province in the Central Highlands.

South Korea’s Solar Park Global also received a certificate to invest $45 million in a solar power project and Vietnamese Long Thanh Infrastructure Development and Investment Company will invest $308 million in a 250-megawatt solar plant.

Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam are seeking to secure sources of solar energy and have introduced targets to fire up green energy generation as global agreements to curb pollution take effect. (Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Editing by Sam Holmes)

Overcoats made available for inappropriately dressed tourists in Nha Trang

TUOI TRE NEWS

Updated : 03/29/2017 14:28 GMT + 7

Tourists dressed in shorts or sleeveless shirts can now borrow overcoats at popular tourist site Ponagar Cham Towers, an ancient place of worship in the south-central city of Nha Trang.

Situated on a knoll at the mouth of the Cai River, two kilometers north of Nha Trang, Ponagar Cham Towers is dedicated to the worship of Lady Po Nagar, widely believed to be the originator of the Cham people in southern Vietnam. Tiếp tục đọc “Overcoats made available for inappropriately dressed tourists in Nha Trang”

HCM City prepares for natural disaster prevention

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Update: March, 29/2017 – 18:00

Flooding on Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh Street in HCM City’s Bình Thạnh District. — Photo An Hiếu

Viet Nam News HCM CITY — The HCM City People’s Committee has asked city departments and all 24 districts to prepare for natural disasters this year by completing maps about flooding hotspots and raising public awareness about disaster risks.

The maps will show the flood-prone locations that are often inundated with water caused by strong storms. Tiếp tục đọc “HCM City prepares for natural disaster prevention”