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5th National Health Research Forum

The Fifth National Health Research Forum 29th and 30th September 2011

Day 1: 29th September 2011

8:00-8:30 Registration Secretariat
8:30-8:40 Forum’s objectives and guests of honor introduction MC:
Dr. Somphou Sayasone
Dr. Vialavanh Xayaseng
8:40-9:00 Welcome Remarks Associate Prof. Dr. Kongsap Akkhavong
9:00-9:20 Remarks 1. Prof. Kazuhiko Moji
2. Dr. Eric Benefice
9:20-9:35 Opening Speech H.E Prof. Dr. Eksavang Vongvichith
9:35-10:00 Coffee Break  
Session 1: Public Health Issues in Laos and Vietnam

Chair & Co-chair: Prof. Dr. Boungnong Boupha & Prof. Yves Buison

10:00-10:20 Policy recommendation from the NIOPH-RIHN Eco-health Project in Lao PDR Prof. Kazuhiko Moji
10:20-10:40 Policy recommendation from the IRD project in Lao PDR Dr. Eric Benefice
10:40-11:20 Malaria and Poverty – experiences from MCNV in South-central Vietnam Dr. Ron Marchand
11:20-12:00 Q & A All participants
12:00-13:30 Lunch at Lanxang hotel restaurant- first floor Invited all guests of honour & participants
Session 2: Health care financing

Chair & Co-chair: Dr. Khampheth Manivong & Dr. Viroj Chancharajthien

13:30-13:45 “Bumpy” path to universal coverage in Lao PDR: institutional & organizational challenges Dr. Oliveria Cruz Valeria
13:45-14:00 Financial burden from OOP expenditures & Health facility utilization in Lao PDR Dr. Manithong Vonglokham
14:00-14:15 Efficiency and Effectiveness of managing the budget payment according to Primary Care Unit in Northeast of Thailand Peeda Taearak
14:15-14:30 Services and financial burdens from providing free health care to “Stateless People”: the situation of Umphang Hospital, Thailand Dr. Rapeepong Suphanchaimat
14:30-15:00 Q & A  
15:00-15:15 Coffee Break/ Poster  
Session 3: Maternal & child health

Chair & Co-chair: Dr. Kaisone Chounlamany/Dr. Khampieu Sihakhang & Dr. Eric Benefice

15:15-15:25 KAP on Gender in Savannakheth, Lao PDR Dr. Latsamy Siengsounthone
15:25-15:35 Management of pneumonia in children under 5 years of age in Lao PDR Assoc. Prof. Dr. Douangdao SOUKALOUN
15:35-15:45 KAP Survey on Health and Nutrition in Houameuang District, Houaphanh Province Dr. Sayadeth Chanthavong
15:45-16:10 Q & A  
Session 4: Human resources for health

Chair & Co-chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somboun Phomtavong & Dr. Phouthone Vangkonevilay

16:10-16:25 What really motivates health workers? Recent evidence on incentives in Lao PDR Dr Asmus Hammerich
16:25-16:45 Improving availability & retention of health workers in remote & underserved areas: the Lao PDR experience Dr. Chanthakhart Paphassarang
16:45-17:15 Q & A  
18:00-21:00 Reception at Lanxang hotel restaurant Invited all guests of honour & participants

Day 2: 30th September 2011

Plenary: Neglected Tropical Diseases

Chair & Co-chair: Prof. Kazuhiko Moji & Dr. Chansy Phimphachanh

8:30-9:15 Alarming situation of Neglected diseases in Bangladesh Prof. Moazzem Hossain
9:00-9:30 Neglected tropical diseases -a challenge for scientists and health providers alike Prof. Feldmeier Hermann
9:50-10:15 Q & A  
Session 5: Infectious diseases in Lao-Vietnam border

Chair & Co-chair: Associate Prof. Dr. Kongsap Akkhavong & Dr. Jun Kobayashi

10:30-11:00 Knowledge, attitude, perception and practice on raw fish consumption in rural communities in southern, Lao PDR Dr. Vilavanh XayasenDr. Chansy Phimphachan
10:00-11:45 Malaria situation and related factors in the border areas between Laos and Vietnam Dr. Tiengkham Pongvongsa
Supplementation “Monkey malaria” Dr. Shusuke Nakazawa
Supplementation “Plasmodium knowlesi” Dr. Yoshimasa Maeno
11:45-12:00 Q & A  
12:30-13:30 Lunch at Lanxang hotel restaurant at first floor Invited all guests of honour & participants
Session 6: Infectious diseases

Chair & Co-chair: Prof Hermann Feldmeier & Prof. Prof. Dr. Moazzem Hossain

13:30-13:45 HIV/AIDS transmission at Lao-Vietnam border Dr. Chansy Phimphachan
13:45-14:00 Mapping sexual and social networks of men who have sex with both men and women in Vientiane, Lao PDR (quantitative) Dr. Kongchay Vongsaiya
14:00-14:15 Diarrhea in antiretroviral-naïve HIV-infected patients: First description of opportunistic parasites in Lao PDR Dr, Phimpha Paboriboune
14:15-14:30 HIV+ Screening Result Report of Renal Dialysis Patients in Four District Hospitals of Kunming City ZHANG Jianping
14:45-15:00 Q & A  
15:00-15:20 Coffee Break/ Poster display  
15:20-15:40 Poster’s winner announcement Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somboun Phomtavong
15:40-16:10 ・Summary of the forum: Policy recommendation and future plan
・Closing remarks
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kongsap Akkhavong

Reports of activities

Dr. Ron Marchand introduced malaria research and malaria control in Khanh Phu, Vietnam that has been carried out for 19 years. Khanh Phu Malaria Project has a base in Khanh Phu and its aim is improvement of people’s way of life and their environment for their welfare as well as malaria control. People are at the center of these activities. There were many things we could learn in considering relatedness between Ecology and Health.
Dr. Tiengkham Pongvongsa reported malaria in the border area between Savannakhet, Laos and Quang Tri, Vietnam. He works for Savannakhet Provincial Health Department. He conducted a cross sectional survey collaborating with Vietnamese counter parts (Drs, Hoang Ha and Le Thanh) and being supported by Dr. Ron Marchand and Prof. Kazuhiko Moji who was one of promoters of 5th National Health Research Forum and has been maintaining Eco-health project in Savannakhet. He found interesting things. Among the blood samples that were collected from people in the border malaria survey, Plasmodium knowlesi was detected. While Japanese researchers Yoshimasa Maeno and Shusuke Nakaawa confirmed the result of analyses in Japan, they explained monkey malaria and molecular detection of P. knowlesi after the report by Dr. Tiengkham. This finding of P. knowlesi would be published.

To understand where and how people being infected with malaria parasites lived, we visited the Inter-district Hospital in Savannakhet, Health Centers and Laos villages near a main road. In the Hospital a laboratory technician explained a present malaria situation. In Health center, we heard that the staffs covered many people and did a hard work, crossing a mountain on foot for vaccination and others. In Vietnamese side, we visited Health Center in Thanh and Xy and talked with the staffs on the situation of malaria and others. We went down to the south to visit villages of minority people and see the Laos side over Sepon River, because it was impossible to access villages in Laos’s side by car. People were growing banana, cassava and rice. Occasionally, coffee and pepper could be seen. They collected resources in forest, too.

Map of Savannakhet Scenery in front of the Health Center in Savannakhet Discussion in HC, Savannakhet
Market Vietnam side Cross a river Health center in Xy village
Sepon river flowing Laos and Vietnam. Laos opposite side. Health center in Thanh village A woman with a big basket
Tracks with cassava Panels in discussion  

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