It is estimated globally that over 500 000 women die each year in childbirth, mostly in low and middle income countries. PRaMM researchers are striving to improve the health of women and their babies in our Asia Pacific region. In conjunction with the Hoc Mai Australia Vietnam Medical Foundation of the University of Sydney, our doctors, midwives and researchers have been involved in projects to try and improve the health of mothers and babies in Vietnam.
Collaborative Clinical Research in Ho Chi Minh City
Our team are currently involved in building a research partnership with the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City. Areas of research include stillbirth prevention in developing countries and managing diabetes in pregnancy.
We are proud to have hosted several doctors and midwives from Vietnam on AusAID ALA Fellowships at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.
There have been several Australian Obstetric & Gynaecology trainees, medical students and International Pubic Health students from the Sydney Medical School who have been supported to visit Vietnam to conduct clinical and research attachments.
Dien Bien Phu Maternal Child Health Project
Dien Bien Phu is a remote and poor province in the North of Vietnam. It is home to over 32 different ethnic minority groups. Over 40% of the population live in poverty.
We conduct emergency obstetric educational workshops for doctors, nurses and midwives in the province for the past 5 years. These workshops use group interactive learning methods which are an enjoyable and effective method of adult learning. They teach essential skills in managing bleeding after birth, preventing infection and resuscitation skills for newborns. In addition we donate equipment to ensure that after the workshop health workers are able to put these skills into practice even at the village level.