The abovementioned conference was held at the Khanh Hoa Convention Centre (the main auditorium resembles concert theatre) in Nha Trang, Vietnam. The primary organisers were the National Hospital for Infectious Diseases (NHTD), Vietnam Society of Infectious Diseases (VSID), Vietnam Clinical of HIV/AIDS Society (VCHAS), Vietnam Society of Parasitology (VSP), Oxford Clinical Research Unit Vietnam (OUCRU), ASEAN Society of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology (ASTMP).
There were 5 plenary lectures after the opening addresses on issues pertinent to Vietnam and the region, including on outbreak surveillance, distribution of infectious diseases in Vietnam, human fascioliasis, antimicrobial resistance, and hepatitis.
The plenaries were followed over the next couple of days with themed sessions. I attended one of Plasmodium knowlesi (monkey malaria – presenters were all from Malaysia), and of course, on antimicrobial resistance.
There were a number of pharmacies around the hotel we stayed, and I ventured into a number of them to look for antibiotics. It is entirely part of the culture in most Southeast Asian countries that antibiotics can be purchased over the counter without a prescription.
I had a bit of time after the conference and meandered down to the local wet market, which I usually enjoy visiting in every city/country.