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

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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). Continue reading “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. Continue reading “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. Continue reading “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. Continue reading “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. Continue reading “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. Continue reading “Child abuse: When silence becomes criminal”