1990 – 1994

Our beginning

On Christmas day 1990, a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Centre for Tropical Diseases and the Wellcome Trust to set up a clinical research unit in Ho Chi Minh City. Funding for this first project was $10,000.

Work begins

Initially called the Malaria Research Unit, by January 1991 work had started in earnest in a renovated leprosy ward headed up by Director Dr Nicholas White from Oxford University and the Wellcome Trust; and Dr Tran Tinh Hien, Vice Director of the Centre for Tropical Diseases and Head of the Malaria Research Unit, and Dr Nguyen Huu Tri, Director of the Centre for Tropical Diseases. The rest of the team consisted of 4 doctors, 14 nurses and 3 cleaners. The unit had 8 beds.

New Director, 1991

Dr Deborah Waller moved from the UK to Viet Nam to lead the Wellcome-Oxford side of the collaboration.

First research paper

Our first research paper from the collaboration was published in 1992.

New directors 1992 – 1994

Dr Vuong Hung Viet became Director of the Centre for Tropical Diseases.
Dr Nicholas Day moved from the UK to Viet Nam to lead the Wellcome-Oxford side of the collaboration.