On 14 November 2022, a Vietnamese delegation led by Vice Minister Dr. Phung Duc Tien, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) visited and had a meeting with ICARS in Denmark. On this occasion, Vice Minister Phung Duc Tien signed the Statement of Support to join ICARS as a Mission Partner. The event provided an opportunity to discuss the progress of a project currently being implemented in Viet Nam, as well as potential future collaborative initiatives.
Speaking about the partnership, the Vice-Minister said:
“The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam is determined to address the growing threat of AMR, and we are pleased to partner with ICARS to accelerate our efforts and measures in this field. Together with ICARS, we already have a project with huge potential for impact in the animal sector, and we are currently co-developing further innovative solutions together to reduce antimicrobial use in aquaculture. We look forward to working more closely with the ICARS network as Mission Partner.”
As a Mission Partner, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam formally supports the vision and mission of ICARS and commits to promote the AMR agenda nationally and in the region. In addition, ICARS’ Mission Partners have access to:
- ICARS’ Strategic Advisory Forum to guide ICARS’ further development and facilitate coordination
- ICARS’ regional seminars to facilitate knowledge-transfer and cross-country learning
- ICARS-facilitated capacity and capability building activities
- the ICARS platform to strengthen and profile the country’s efforts to mitigate AMR
Projects in Vietnam
Led by the Department of Animal Health in MARD, with input from local research institutions and other key stakeholders, this project aims to support sustainable pig production by reducing the use of colistin; a critical antibiotic for treating multi-resistant human bacterial infections. The project is testing context-specific interventions at pig farms to document how vaccination, use of less critical antimicrobials, and other alternative strategies can be used for a sustainable, cost-effective control of post weaning disease without the use of colistin.
ICARS is currently co-developing a new aquaculture project in Vietnam to reduce antimicrobial use and resistance in striped catfish and tilapia aquaculture, which we look forward to announcing on our projects page in the coming months.