Dr. Vu Thu Giang

University of Queenslands, Australia

Invited Speech: Impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on health workers in Vietnam: Implications for Health System Strengthening

Biography:

University of Queenslands, Australia
Vice Director of Institute of Health Economics and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam

Ms. Giang Vu is Vice Director of the Institute of Health Economics and Technology, Vietnam and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland, Australia. She has involved extensively in many projects investigating behaviors and other risk factors affecting population health, assessing epidemic responses and preparedness and proposing potential health system reforms. Her current research focus is on impacts of contextualized factors including culture and changing environment on health behaviors, in particular use of new, emerging substance, among young people.

Abstract:

Using socio-ecological model, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on frontline healthcare workers are mapped into a multilevel system with reinforcing mechanisms between and within levels. We argue that the concurrent presence of factors within each layer, including of individual, psycho-spirit-attitudes, and working environment, interact with each other to create joint effects, many of which are harmful. Considering any element in isolation would thus prevent a complete understanding of issues faced by healthcare workers and consequently prevent forming an effective solution. It is thus logical to recommend interventions being developed as a package targeting different across layers simultaneously. Such ‘package’ of intervention would require mobilization of resources that necessitate the involvement of different sectors, industries, and levels of authority, within a country and on the international level. The proposed framework offers a systematic understanding of COVID-19 pandemic impacts on the work and life of health workers that support real-time assessment of key factors and consequently the development of effective epidemic preparedness and system responses globally.

Abstract

Dr. Vu Thu Giang

Using socio-ecological model, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on frontline healthcare workers are mapped into a multilevel system with reinforcing mechanisms between and within levels. We argue that the concurrent presence of factors within each layer, including of individual, psycho-spirit-attitudes, and working environment, interact with each other to create joint effects, many of which are harmful. Considering any element in isolation would thus prevent a complete understanding of issues faced by healthcare workers and consequently prevent forming an effective solution. It is thus logical to recommend interventions being developed as a package targeting different across layers simultaneously. Such ‘package’ of intervention would require mobilization of resources that necessitate the involvement of different sectors, industries, and levels of authority, within a country and on the international level. The proposed framework offers a systematic understanding of COVID-19 pandemic impacts on the work and life of health workers that support real-time assessment of key factors and consequently the development of effective epidemic preparedness and system responses globally.