Living Together with Chronic Disease: Informal Support for Diabetes Management in Vietnam Phase II: Gestational Diabetes in Vietnam (VALID II)

Second phase of a project on type II diabetes in Vietnam seeks to uncover the challenges experienced by pregnant women with gestational diabetes. Based on the research, an intervention will be developed to help women with GDM practice self-care during their pregnancies.

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The intervention research project ‘Gestational Diabetes in Vietnam (VALID II)’ is the second phase of the project, ‘Living Together with Chronic Disease: Informal Support for Diabetes Management in Vietnam’.

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), a transitory form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy, puts both mother and child at risk. GDM increases the risk of complications during pregnancy and birth and of developing diabetes later in life for both mother and child. Knowledge of GDM in Vietnam is limited and the magnitude of the problem is unknown. However, it is estimated that about every fifth pregnant woman in Vietnam has GDM.

VALID II aims to provide new knowledge and new solutions to health and life problems posed by GDM in Vietnam. Results from VALID I show that the informal support people with diabetes receive from family members plays a key role in shaping their lives with the disease. Therefore, informal support will also be in focus when examining how pregnant women take care of themselves when diagnosed with GDM.

The project includes co-creation of a self-care intervention which will be developed with a view to local conditions while also holding potential for national scale-up.

 

 

The project is conducted in Vietnam’s Thai Binh province as an academic partnership between Thai Binh University of Medicine and Pharmacy (TBUMP) and the Universities of Copenhagen (UCPH) and Southern Denmark (SDU).

The project is carried out in close collaboration with the Danish-Vietnamese Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) project: Strengthening the Frontline Grassroots Health Worker: Prevention and Management of NCDs at the Primary Health Care Level, with Novo Nordisk as private sector partner. In Thai Binh, the project collaborates with Thai Binh Maternity Hospital and Kim Ngan Clinic.

 

Kick-off Workshop: December, 2022

The project’s kick-off workshop was held on December 8, 2022 with the participation of all involved institutions, the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam, and the World Diabetes Foundation.

Field Research Launch: February, 2023

After piloting in December 2022 and January 2023, the project’s questionnaire research was launched on February 1, 2023 at Thai Binh Maternity Hospital and Kim Ngan Clinic. Ethnographic research with pregnant women and their families commences in April 2023.

 

 

Researchers

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Dan Wolf Meyrowitsch Associate Professor +4535327174 E-mail
Ib Christian Bygbjerg Emeritus +4535327835 E-mail
Jannie Nielsen Associate Professor +4535331262 E-mail
Tine Mette Gammeltoft Professor +4535323474 E-mail

Funded by:

The project has received funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and Novo Nordisk A/S

Project: VALID II - Living Together with Chronic Disease: Informal Support for Diabetes Management in Vietnam Phase II: Gestational Diabetes in Vietnam 
Period: December 2022 to November 2025 
Phase I: VALID I - Living Together with Chronic Disease: Informal Support for Diabetes Management in Vietnam 

Contact

Professor Tine Gammeltoft
Department of Anthropology
Mail: tine.gammeltoft@anthro.ku.dk
Phone: +45 35 32 34 74
Mobile: +45 61 86 08 83

External members:

Name Title
Professor Jens Søndergaard Research Unit of General Practice, University of Southern Denmark
Dr Nguyen Xuan Bai Vice-Rector at Thai Binh University of Medicine and Pharmacy
Dr Nguyen Duc Thanh Head of International Department at Thai Binh University of Medicine and Pharmacy
Professor Vibeke Rasch Research unit of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Clinical Research, OUH
Associate Professor Christina Anne Vinter Research unit of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Clinical Research, OUH
Associate Professor Ditte Søndergaard Linde Research unit of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Clinical Research, OUH