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MoU to boost medical education for pharmacists

Released at: 14:05, 13/11/2017

MoU to boost medical education for pharmacists

Photo: RMIT Vietnam

Educational institutions and business groups sign MoU to provide medical training to pharmacy students, pharmacists, and pharmacy owners and staff through mobile app.

by Hai Van

A partnership between educational institutions and business groups is set to contribute to the development of continuous medical education for pharmacists in Vietnam.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on November 9 between the Hanoi University of Pharmacy, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City, RMIT University Vietnam, the AmCham Healthcare Committee, the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham), and Pharma Group Vietnam on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders’ Week in Da Nang.

The parties to the MoU will cooperate in providing free and ongoing medical training to pharmacy students, pharmacists, and pharmacy owners and staff in Vietnam through a mobile app. The app will be purely focused on further developing the knowledge and skills of pharmacists and be free of charge, non-promotional, and non-political. It will provide an innovative platform enabling pharmacists across the country to benefit from the training.

“Expanding the reach of medical education and training to as many healthcare providers as possible is essential in further developing a strong healthcare system in Vietnam,” Pharma Group Vietnam Deputy Chairman, Mr. Robert Kruit, said. “Technological advances are helping everyone have access to the latest medical advances and training and Pharma Group is proud to be part of this great initiative.”

Dr. Gellért Horváth, Co-Chairman of EuroCham, said the chamber was glad to be part of such a great project initiated by one of its Sector Committees, the Pharma Group Vietnam. “We see this as a concept with potential that could be further expanded with joint efforts from different stakeholders in both the private and public sector,” he said. “The idea leverages our commitment to not only the improvement of the business environment but also the development of the local community.”

RMIT University Vietnam President, Professor Gael McDonald, said she was excited for the university to be part of this worthwhile project. “The MoU enables us to strengthen collaboration to build capacity across pharmacy education in Vietnam and contribute in a meaningful way to the development of the country,” she said.

The MoU builds upon the intent of the recent Law on Pharmaceuticals and the signing was witnessed by numerous representatives from the APEC community, demonstrating the international commitment to work together to improve healthcare and healthcare provision across the region.

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