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Dr Đỗ Thị Thúy Nga

Post Doctoral Researcher

Dr Do Thi Thuy Nga has more than 15 years of experience working in the field of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), co-leading a number of large-scale, complex community-based observational/interventional studies targeting inappropriate antibiotics prescribing, dispensing and use behaviours in primary care settings in low – and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Making Antibiotic Use Safer and More Effective

Antibiotics are powerful medicines used to treat infections, but their misuse can lead to antibiotic resistance, where bacteria become resistant to the treatments available. Dr Nga’s work is crucial in ensuring that antibiotics are prescribed and used correctly to preserve their effectiveness for future generations.

Research Goals and Methods

Dr Nga’s research aims to improve how antibiotics are prescribed, dispensed, and used. She explores how communities access and utilize antibiotics to pinpoint areas where changes are needed. Through her studies, she identifies why antibiotics may be overused or misused and develops strategies to correct these behaviors.

One of her notable approaches involves examining the role of vaccines. By understanding how vaccines can reduce the need for antibiotics, Dr Nga’s work helps to decrease the likelihood of developing antibiotic resistance.

Dr Nga also researches to implement practical and cost-effective solutions such as:

  • Point-of-care testing: Quick tests done in healthcare settings to decide if antibiotics are needed.
  • Educational interventions: Programs to educate healthcare providers and the public about the proper use of antibiotics.
  • Participatory learning and action: Engaging with communities to learn together and take action based on their specific needs and contexts.

These strategies are particularly vital in areas where resources are limited, yet the risk of antibiotic resistance is high.


2017 – Now

Post doctoral researcher at OUCRU Ha Noi


D. Phil in Life and Biomolecular sciences, Open University, UK

Thesis title: Assessing and improving rational antibiotic use in urban and rural health care facilities in Vietnam


Master of Science in Molecular Medicine, Chonnam National University, Korea


Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Hanoi Pharmacy University, Vietnam


Justine Tin Nok Chan, Van Nguyen, Thuy Ngan Tran, Nam Vinh Nguyen, Nga Thi Thuy Do, H Rogier van Doorn, Sonia Lewycka
BMC Infect Dis
August 23, 2023
DOI: 10.1186/s12879-023-08480-w
Nga Thi Thuy Do, Tien Viet Dung Vu, Rachel C Greer, Sabine Dittrich, Maida Vandendorpe, Ngoc Thach Pham, Dieu Ngan Ta, Hung Thai Cao, Thanh Vinh Khuong, Thi Bich Thuy Le, Thanh Huyen Duong, Thanh Ha Nguyen, Ngoc Thien Huong Cai, Thi Quynh Trang Nguyen, Son Tung Trinh, H Rogier van Doorn, Yoel Lubell, Sonia Lewycka.
Lancet Infect Dis
May 22, 2023
DOI: 10.1016/S1473-3099(23)00125-1
Nam Vinh Nguyen, Nga Thi Thuy Do, Dung Tien Viet Vu, Rachel C. Greer, Sabine Dittrich, Maida Vandendorpe, Thach Ngoc Pham, Ngan Thi Dieu Ta, Thai Quang Pham Vinh Thanh Khuong, Thuy Thi Bich Le, Lai Tuan Anh, Thai Hung Cao, Tung Son Trinh, Ha Thanh Nguyen, Long Nhat Ngo, Thom Thi Vu, H. Rogier van Doorn, Yoel Lubell, Sonia O. Lewycka
Lancet Reg Health West Pac
October 11, 2022
DOI: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2022.100611
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