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History of the Pasteur Clinic Đà Lạt
The Pasteur Clinic is associated with the Institut Pasteur, part of the international network of research institutes dedicated to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. The Đà Lạt branch of Vietnam’s Institut Pasteur was built between 1930 and 1936 under the direction of Dr. Alexandre Yersin, a physician remembered for identifying Yersinia pestis as the causative agent of Plague and a student of the eponymous French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur. While many overt references to the French colonial tradition have been supplanted in Vietnam by nationalist sentiments, the Institut Pasteur retains its reputation thanks to a history of serving the needs of the Vietnamese population. Yersin, who lived out the final years of his life in Vietnam after overseeing the acclimatization of the quinine-producing Cinchona tree for the treatment of malaria, is remembered as a friend to the Vietnamese people. Since its founding, the Institut Pasteur in Đà Lạt has conducted infectious disease research and served as a major hub for vaccine production in central Vietnam.
Prior to 2014, the Pasteur clinic was located inside the Institut Pasteur complex and focused primarily on the administration of vaccines. The clinic’s medical director, Dr. Nguyễn Thị Thủy, began to explore ways the clinic could serve the significant health needs of the community in a broader way and subsequently received permission to build a free standing clinic within the Institut compound to provide an expanded array of services to the populace. Using loans, grants, and the clinic staff’s own finances, the newly independent clinic opened its current facility and officially began its expanded operations on October 24, 2014. A dedicated staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, and clerks now oversee the administration of the clinic and its daily provision of health services to patients from Đà Lạt and the surrounding areas.
Clinical Experience at Pasteur Clinic Đà Lạt, Vietnam, CWIC, Thomas Jefferson University
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Howard-Young, Emma and Howard-Young, MA, Jordan, "Clinical Experience at Pasteur Clinic Đà Lạt, Vietnam" (2015). CwiC Posters. 5.