Common medicines, uncommon reactions

A photo taken in 2012 shows Tran Xuan Bach, then 7, being treated at Nghe An Province Pediatrics Hospital with life-threatening skin disorder Steven Johnson after he took a Paracetamol tablet for cold. Photo courtesy of Nghe An Newspaper A 5-month-old baby in Ho Chi Minh City was rushed to hospital last January with fluid erupting from hives all over the body. Doctors at Children's Hospital No.2, a leading pediatric facility in the city, spent more than ten days treating the baby after warning there was a high risk of death due to infection. Even after the treatment, they said they could not guarantee the child would grow up all healthy as the organs could have suffered serious damage. The baby, only identified as D.H.P., is a victim of drug allergy that doctors say can threaten anyone's life, especially those of children with low immunity and without the ability to express their problems. The allergy can be caused by any of several common drugs taken for fever, cold, sore throat and … [Read more...]

US helps Vietnam further care for people living with HIV/AID

PANO - With support from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention partnered with the Government of Vietnam, Vietnamese partners, and other international stakeholders to improve the quality of care for people living with HIV/AIDS. "Since 2010, the initiative, known as HIVQUAL, establishes a performance data system to measure the quality of care and ensures HIV/AIDS clinics provide quality treatment services in accordance to national guidelines, thereby increasing early access to treatment and reducing HIV/AIDS-related deaths," Dr. Bui Duc Duong, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control said at the HIVQUAL Workshop on Quality Improvement for HIV/AIDS care held earlier this week. "Quality improvement programs are the cornerstone of sustainable, high quality health programs and provide the opportunity for clinics to monitor their own performance and to address issues or gaps on their own, through … [Read more...]

Improving quality of care for people living with HIV/AIDS

(CPV) - With support from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention partnered with the Government of Vietnam, Vietnamese partners, and other international stakeholders to improve the quality of care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Quality improvement programs are the cornerstone of sustainable, high quality health programs and provide the opportunity for clinics to monitor their own performance and to address issues or gaps on their own, through locally-identified solutions. "Since 2010, the initiative, known as HIVQUAL, establishes a performance data system to measure the quality of care and ensures HIV/AIDS clinics provide quality treatment services in accordance to national guidelines, thereby increasing early access to treatment and reducing HIV/AIDS-related deaths," according to Dr. Bui Duc Duong, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control.The HIVQUAL project was piloted in 11 HIV/AIDS outpatient … [Read more...]

Lesbian lamentation 

Hanoi researchers find Vietnamese lesbians victims of social isolation A visitor at an exhibition displaying photos of female homosexuals at Ho Chi Minh City's Youth Cultural House in November 2009. Gay children suffer emotional persecution from parents who were themselves the victims of community prejudice, the first institutional study on the lesbian community in Vietnam has found. Chi, a 23-year-old lesbian, told researchers that her parents locked her in a virtual prison after learning of her relationships with other women. "It was such a horrifying time. My parents knew Diep and I loved each other. They seized my cell phone, cut the home phone line and locked me in our house... They always went through my pockets to see if Diep had sent something to me. They even beat and insulted me," she told researchers from the Institute for Study of Society, the Economy and the Environment (ISEE). "Several months ago when I was dating Thuy, my mother attempted to commit suicide by jumping … [Read more...]

Long days at the nursery

Children at a kindergarten in Binh Duong Province. They usually have to stay until midnight to wait for their worker parents.to pick them up Photo by Bao Thien "Ms. Thuy's Kindergarten," as it is known around the neighborhood, was crowded with children before the first light of day. Some cried, some were still asleep and few expressed any excitement for a new school day. Hang, a baby girl of one and a half years old, came first. She was sleeping on the baby chair in the front of the motorbike when her mother stopped and picked her up, which startled her and caused her to drop the sticky rice she was holding. She cried like she did every day she arrived at the nursery, although she has been in the routine for a year now. Her mother bent to pick up the sticky rice, handing the child to Thuy. She only had time to scold the baby for making her late, and not for a goodbye. Thuy was trying to calm Hang down when five other babies arrived and she had to leave Hang for a girl of seven … [Read more...]

Publication “Dong Son Culture – Collection of objects in Vietnam National Museum of History”

Published by: Vietnam National Museum of History; Editors: Dr. Nguyen Van Cuong, Dr. Vu Manh Ha, Dr. Nguyen Van Doan; Vietnamese and English, 220p, 21cm x 29,7cm; Year of publication: 2014 To celebrate the 90 years of the discovery and research on the Dong Son culture, the Vietnam National Museum of History present the catalogue dedicated to the Dong Son culture's collections of objects secured and preserved by the museum. Through many years, the Vietnam National Museum of History has made many efforts to study, excavate and collect objects and documents of Dong Son culture. With around 10.000 objects of Dong Son culture, it is said to be the world's largest collection of Dong Son culture. The catalogue introduces various artifacts of Dong Son culture such as the bronze drums (Ngoc Lu, Mieu Mon, Tho Vuc, Thanh Vinh...), bronze domestic wares and weapons, jewelry, ceramic and porcelain, stone and glass. Through this catalogue, you will see how the Dong Son people lived, how they were … [Read more...]

Results of survey and excavations undertaken at Dong Co temple relic, Tu Liem district, Hanoi

Within an archaeological study project for celebrating the Millennial Anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi, the VNMH has collaborated with the Hanoi's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the National Steering Committee to undertake a survey and excavations at Dong Co temple relic (Nguyen Xa village, Minh Khai commune, Tu Liem district, Hanoi). The bronze drum was a special object and very close to the Vietnamese ancient people. The tradition of worshiping the God of the Bronze Drum has become a national folk religion. So far, it is known for some relics where worshipping the God of the Bronze Drum across the country, including the Dong Co temple in Nguyen Xa village, Minh Khai commune, Tu Liem district, Hanoi. According to written documents and legends, the god of the bronze drum had assisted Ly kings to conquer enemies and a temple was built for worshipping him. By now it is very tough to understand how the temple looked like in the past. We have excavated 9 holes in an area … [Read more...]

Seminar concerning 90 years for discovering and researching Dong Son culture

In the afternoon of November 18, 2014, a seminar dedicating the 90 years of discovery and research on Dong Son culture was hosted by the VNMH (1 Pham Ngu Lao, Hanoi). This seminar is one of ceremonials organized by the VNMH to celebrate the 90 years since the discovery of Dong Son culture and researching on this culture (1924-2014). Prof. Dr. Sc Luu Tran Tieu - Chairman of National Heritage Council (right) and Dr. Nguyen Van Cuong (left) – Director of the VNMH co-chaired the seminar The seminar was attended by Prof. Dr. Sc Luu Tran Tieu – Chairman of National Heritage Council, Dr. Do Van Tru – General Secretary of Vietnam Cultural Heritage Association, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bui Van Liem – Vice Head of Institute of Archaeology, Dr. Oliver Tesseier – EFFEO Hanoi, Dr. Judith Cameroon – Australia, Dr. Nguyen Van Cuong – Director of the VNMH, Dr. Nguyen Van Doan – Deputy Director of the VNMH and scholars, archaeologists and press agencies in … [Read more...]

Some features of a newly discovered bronze situla dated Dong Son period

Dong Son culture has been discovered and researched for the past 90 years. The culture is said to be the foundation to set up the first kingdom of the ancient Vietnam. The Vietnam National Museum of History has carried out many researches and excavations and exhibitions on Dong Son culture. Those activities have brought audiences new knowledge and information about this culture through many excavated objects. We have secured hundreds of collections of many kinds of materials. For example, a collection of bronze drums (drums found in Central Highlands, miniatures of drum in Thanh Hoa, Yen Bai and Lao Cai), collections of plates and lamp statues in shape of animal (elephant, bull) and human and many collections of weapons and jewelries. Especially, we paid high attention to a bronze thap situla excavated on the bank of Hong River at Dao Xa archaeological site. It is a medium size, bucket-shaped, slope downward to a narrow base, two handles but without lid. The patina is shiny and … [Read more...]

49th Conference of Archaeological Announcements

On 25/9/2014, the 49th Conference of Archaeological Announcements was held at the Head Office of Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (1 Lieu Giai street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi). Before the opening time It is an annual activity organized by the Institute of Archaeology (VASS) in order to announce new archaeological studies and discoveries at nationwide. There have been 500 essays presented at the conference. They are ranged to a variety of archaeological periods as Stone Age, Iron Age, Historical - Feudal, Champa, Oc Eo... Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Gia Doi - Deputy Director of Institute of Archaeology addresses an opening speech The Vietnam National Museum of History is one of three biggest archaeological centers in Vietnam. Attending the conference, VNMH Museum contributed an essay made by Dr. Nguyen Van Doan (Deputy Director), focused on archaeological activities of VNMH in the country side in 2013-2014. Dr. Nguyen Van Doan - Deputy Director of VNMH presented essay This is a … [Read more...]

Dong Son Culture in Vietnam 90 years of discovery and study (part 3)

Dong Son Culture is one of three well-known archaeological cultures that contributed to form the first administrative state of Vietnam. The first site was accidentally discovered in 1924 at Dong Son village (Thanh Hoa province). In 1934, R. Heine-Geldern, an archaeologist, proposed to take a name of Dong Son Culture. 4. The social structure of Dong Son culture The social structure of Dong Son culture was said to be formed on the basis of the development level and the specialization of the economic sectors, particularly the handicraft sector and the handicraft centre. The society was organized and generated the social gap as the result of the agricultural and the handicraft development, especially the iron casting that helped some people became rich and powerful. Those then became important or local leaders in the community. A dawn of a kingdom was appeared by establishing the administrative, economic and political centre in Co Loa, Lang Ca, Viet Khe, Vinh Quang - Phu Luong, Dong Son … [Read more...]

Dong Son Culture in Vietnam 90 years of discovery and study (Part 2)

Dong Son Culture is one of three well-known archaeological cultures that contributed to form the first administrative state of Vietnam. The first site was accidentally discovered in 1924 at Dong Son village (Thanh Hoa province). In 1934, R. Heine-Geldern, an archaeologist, proposed to take a name of Dong Son Culture. 3. The life of Dong Son people 3.1. Inhabitance and housing styles - Dong Son people were able to adapt to the natural conditions and living environment. They occupied the separated residential areas or the combined complex of residence and burial. - From the hole made for pole and the wooden pile found through excavations, together with the image of stilt house with curved roof patterns decorated in the bronze drums, we can say that their houses were at stilt type. This also matches with the assumption that it made the convenience for moving from mountainous areas to the lower lands or wet and muddy areas and rivers. - Through archaeological documents wrote about the … [Read more...]

Dong Son Culture in Vietnam 90 years of discovery and study (part 1)

Dong Son Culture is one of three well-known archaeological cultures that contributed to form the first administrative state of Vietnam. The first site was accidentally discovered in 1924 at Dong Son village (Thanh Hoa province). In 1934, R. Heine-Geldern, an archaeologist, proposed to take a name of Dong Son Culture. So far, 90 years since the first discovery and through a number of studies, many aspects of Dong Son culture have been revealed. Dong Son culture was regarded to be existed during the 7th century B.C up to the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D in wide and spreading areas of the North of Vietnam to Quang Binh province (Central), with focused distribution around the Red River, Ma and Ca Rivers. Maps of Dong Son culture sites in Red River Maps of Dong Son cultures sites in Ma River Maps of Dong Son cultures sites in Ca River Hundreds of sites and a great number of objects are regarded as evidences for the origin of Dong Son culture. It was born, developed and continued from the … [Read more...]

Results on the excavations on Phu Truong ceramics firing kiln relic (Ham Thuan Bac – Binh Thuan province)

Since 2005, on the construction site of Phu Truong (Ham Thuan Bac - Binh Thuan), people have found a number of pieces of ceramic and terra-cotta tiles. Later, the Binh Thuan Museum has made a test and analysis to show that this site used to be an area for ceramics kiln dating back 10th -11th centuries and of Champa people. Realizing the feasibility of the relic, the Museum of Vietnamese History (now the VNMH Museum) has collaborated with the Binh Thuan Department of Cultures, Sports and Tourism to do an excavation on the site. The site where the kiln was The kiln ruin was located in an area where the Champa people lived, next to the coastal of Phan Thiet. Far from 5km to the north is the archaeological relic of Bau Hoe (dating back the Late Stone Age to the Early Iron Age). Next by, there were traces found for the burial jars of Sa Huynh Culture. At the moment, citizens are mainly Kinh groups that migrated from Quang Ngai and Phu Yen provinces in the 19th-20th centuries. The ruin … [Read more...]

The VNMH Museum ended the training course for the Skills of Guard and Security

In the afternoon of 18/7/2014, the VNMH Museum organized a ceremony to end the training course hold for guardian and security staff. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Nguyen Van Doan - Deputy Director of VNMH Museum, Colonel Duong Van Cu, Vice Head of A83 Department, head and vice of museum divisions and whole trainees. Colonel Duong Van Cu, Vice Head of A83 Department spoke at the closing ceremony 76 trainees have been awarded certificates, with 35 excellent and 38 good and 3 average rankings. Awarding certificates for trainees The training course has provided a chance for guardian and security staff to raise the knowledge and skills used in their professions. Speaking at the closing ceremony, Dr. Nguyen Van Doan highly appreciated the dedicated working style of lecturers and trainees performed through the course. He wished the VNMH Museum to be continued to open further courses in the future. News/photos: Thu Nhuần EN: Tran Trang … [Read more...]

The VNMH Museum held a training course for the Skills in Guard and Security

In the morning of July 14, 2014, a training course to raise the skills in Guard and Security for 3 organizations including VNMH Museum, National Library and Management Board for President Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. The training course is organized by the collaboration between the VNMH Museum and the Department for Internal Political Security (A83 -Ministry of Security). Dr. Nguyen Van Doan (left) - Deputy Director of VNMHMuseum at the trainning course The course was attended by Dr. Nguyen Van Doan - Deputy Director of VNMH Museum, Colonel Duong Van Cu, Vice Head of A83 Department; Senior Lieutenant Colonel Ha Van Vinh - Vice Manager of Counselor Division (A83); Major Nguyen Viet Anh - Vice Manager of Division for Security of Culture and Arts (A83), representatives and trainees. Colonel Duong Van Cu - Vice Head of A83 Department delivered a speech at the course The VNMHMuseum, National Library and Management Board for President Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum are important political and … [Read more...]

The VNMH Museum hold a talk entitled “The current security situation on the East Sea”

In the morning of June 20, 2014, the VNMH Museum held a talk to discuss about the current security situation on the East Sea. It was attended by many people: Major General Le Van Cuong, former head of the Strategy and Science Institute under the Ministry of Public Security (speaker), Dr. Nguyen Van Doan - Deputy Director of VNMH Museum, Hanoi war veterans, students, representatives of press agencies and museum officers. On 1st of May 2014, China illegally dispatched the rig known as HD 981 as well as a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft to deep inside Vietnam's continental shelf and exclusive economic zone that threatened to the marine security and safety of EastSea. The talk was aimed at providing precise information to the museum's officers and workers, and especially the youth for correcting their thoughts and actions in the struggle for the country's sovereignty. In the time of 2 hours, Major General Le Van Cuong has pointed out the current situation on the … [Read more...]

The VNMH Communist Party Unit, Cell 3, learns and follows the Ho Chi Minh’s moral example.

To celebrate the 124th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh, on 19/5/2012, the VNMH Communist Party Unit, Cell 3 organized a meeting to discuss on the topic "Learn and follow the Ho Chi Minh's moral example". The meeting was attended by Dr. Nguyen Van Doan, Standing Party Member, Secretary of Cell 2 and Deputy Director; Dr. Vu Manh Ha, Secretary Cell 3 and Deputy Director; and the party members of Cell 3. The members of VNMH Standing Committee of Communist Party Unit attended the meeting Overall view of the meeting This meeting is held to respond to the campaign launched by Vietnamese government on "Learn and follow the Ho Chi Minh's moral example". M.A Nguyen Thi Truong Khanh is delivering her presentation M.A Nguyen Thi Tuong Khanh, member of Cell 3 has made a presentation called "From the President Ho Chi Minh's teachings to the morality in working and museum career". The presentation has highlighted 5 qualities required for the government officers, as followed: First: … [Read more...]

VNMH organized a talk focused on “Strengthening and renovating the mass mobilization”

In order to implement the Resolution no.25 issued by the Seventh Conference of Central Executive Committee XI on "Strengthening and renovating the Vietnamese Communist Party's leadership to the mass mobilization in the current situation" and respond to the "Year of Mass Mobilization, 2014". On 15/5/2014, VNMH held a talk with subject "Strengthening and renovating the mass mobilization". The talk was attended by Mr. Bui Minh Quang - Member of the National Assembly Standing Committee, Head of Mass Mobilization Department for Government Agencies. Dr. Nguyen Van Doan - Deputy Director of VNMH, Secretary of Party Cell II; Dr. Vu Manh Ha - Deputy Director of VNMH, Secretary of Party Cell III and VNMH's officers and workers. From right: Mr. Bui Minh Quang - Member of the National Assembly Standing Committee, Head of Mass Mobilization Department for Governmental Agencies; Dr. Vu Manh Ha - Deputy Director of VNMH, Secretary of Party Cell III; Dr. Nguyen Van Doan - Deputy Director of VNMH, … [Read more...]

Assessment review: Collecting Bronze items under Le – Nguyen dynasty, XV-XX century at VNMH

On 04/12/3013, an assessment review at academic level on a scientific study entitled "Collecting Bronze items under Le - Nguyen dynasty, XV-XX century at VNMH" was held at VNMH. The study has been undertaken by B.A. Nguyen Phuong Cham, Collection Management Division, VNMH.The Assessment Council was led by Dr. Nguyen Dinh Chien - Deputy Director of VNMH (Chairman of Assessment Council), Dr. Vu Quoc Hien - Former Deputy Director of VNMH, and critics were Dr. Nguyen Van Doan - Deputy Director of VNMH and Dinh Ngoc Trien. Council team Backdrop Bronze wares have marked a milestone in our country development. Thousands of bronze items of many types have been preserved in VNMH. However, there have not many studies on such items, causing obstacles in exhibit activities. VNMH officers The study contains 3 parts describing bronze objects in groups of worship, ritual items, instruments, house wares, and powerful representations. Despite some disadvantages, this study is highly appreciated for … [Read more...]