The FRESH AIR project in Vietnam is led by Dr Pham An of the University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City.
Air pollution: background
More and more research is being carried out into the impact of air pollution on health. In May 2015, the World Health Assembly declared air pollution to be the world’s largest single environmental health risk. With approximately 44,000 premature deaths associated with outdoor air pollution every year, Vietnam ranked as the 10th most vulnerable country in the world in 2010. We await the Lancet Commission's report on pollution in May 2017 (which will also be presented at the IPCRG's conference in Sri Lanka in August 2017). Here are a few news and research articles describing the situation in Vietnam:
Dr An Le Pham - University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City
Dr An founded the Family Medicine Training Center in UMP, and has overseen the development of several e-health initiatives. He has published widely on paediatrics and family medicine
Vietnam has a population of 92 million people, of which over 42% is under the age of 24.
The current smoking rate in adult males is 56.1%. COPD prevalence in Vietnam is the highest in the Asia Pacific region at 6.7%. It has very sparse health infrastructure in rural areas so there are long travel times and poor access.
Summary - for public
Summary - for clinicians and researchers