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5/9/2019 10:43:45 AM

EU-funded programme helps improve Vietnam’s health sector

A budget support programme for Vietnam’s health sector funded by the European Union (EU) was reviewed in a ceremony held by the C(MoH)  in Hanoi on May 8.

Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Viet Tien speaks at the event. Source: EU Health Facility Vietnam

The EU has worked closely and provided significance assistance for Vietnam’s health sector, including the programme which has been performed since 2011.

Addressing the conference, Ambassador of the European Union Delegation Bruno Angelet highly appreciated the outcomes achieved by the health sector for the last 10 years, as well as the effectiveness and practicality of the Support Programme. As part of the Support Programme, the role of the European Union Health Facility and its team was highly regarded by Ambassador.

With total budget of VND 3.5 trillion (USD 149.8 million), EU Health Sector Policy Support Programme is the largest of its kind in Asia. Spanning over the period of 9 years with 2 phases, the programme places particular focus on poorest provinces and most disadvantaged districts – home of ethnic minority groups - helping to increase coverage of health insurance; training of health professionals (including doctors, nurses, midwives and birth attendants); renovation of hospitals and commune health stations; provision of essential medical equipment; standardisation of clinical guidelines for health services; and improvement of hospital quality management.

Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Viet Tien highlighted the significant outcomes of the programme, saying that it has made important contributions to completing sustainable development goals in Vietnam, promoting universal health insurance, and bettering the capacity to ensure health service quality at all levels.

It also helps Vietnam built action policies of the health sector for the 2016-2020 period, he said and asked the EU to continue supporting the health sector of Vietnam in the third phase of the project.

Beneficiary localities have taken many measures to increase the number of people buying health insurance. To date, most of near poor people have had health insurance with the increasing rate, reaching 88.1 percent. Localities have allocated budgets to coordinate with EU sources for providing non-refundable partial aid or 30 percent of the price of health insurance cards.

In addition, access to services by people has been improved. The number of commune health stations having doctors rises, attracting more and more people to come for medical examination and treatment.

The EU has invested over VND 1.4 trillion (USD 60.2 million) to build and upgrade 395 commune health stations in difficult areas; provide medical equipment for district hospitals, helped train health workers; and build satellite hospital networks, contributing to reducing hospital overloading./.

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