Workshop held to assist relevant agencies with the second phase of the EU-funded Health Sector Policy Support Program.
The First Program Implementation Workshop in the framework of the EU-funded Health Sector Policy Support Program Phase II (HSPSP 2) was held on September 18 by the EU Delegation to Vietnam in cooperation with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Finance (MoF).
The workshop, co-chaired by Deputy Minister of Health, Associate Professor Pham Le Tuan, and the Head of the Cooperation and Development Section of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, Mr. Alejandro Montalban Carrasco, was a high level dialogue on future improvements to the health of Vietnam’s population and on securing access to health services.
More than 100 participants representing MoH, MoF, the State Treasury, Vietnam Social Security, and the Ministry of Planning and Investment, as well as ten targeted provinces and international development partners working in Vietnam health sector attended the workshop.
The major objectives were to familiarize stakeholders with the contents of the Phase II Sector Reform Contract, disbursement criteria, and operational modality. Based on the lessons learned from the implementation of the HSPSP Phase I, provincial authorities were also advised on the priority actions and programs for budgetary allocation under the Sector Reform Contract II.
HSPSP 2 will be funded by the EU with total capital of $130 million, of which $114 million will go directly to the budget of the MoH, $6.5 million will be in complementary technical services provided through the European Union Health Facility (EU-HF), and the remainder contributed by the “Health Professional Education and Training Project (HPET)”, implemented by the World Bank. The project focuses on ten provinces: Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Cao Bang, Yen Bai, and Dak Nong.
The phase is expected to start from December and last for 78 months. It will be divided into two periods. The first will be the implementation of the project over 54 months and then a two-year period for evaluating and assessing implementation.
The $114 million going to the MoH’s budget will be divided into $45.6 million in fixed tranches and the remainder in variable tranches, the value of which will be assessed by eight indicators. These indicators mostly focus on assistance to the poor, infants, and pregnant women.
“After evaluating the first phase, we will adapt most indicators due to the efforts of the MoH, other ministries, and provincial authorities,” Deputy Minister Tuan said. “The variable tranches will promote the initiatives of provincial authorities in assigning specific staff for implementing the project.”
The EU Health Facility was established by the EU Delegation to support stakeholders in achieving targets defined in the HSPSP 2 in Vietnam in line with EU policies. It contributes to the reporting of the MoH and the EU Delegation on HSPSP 2 tranche disbursements and further responds in a flexible and rapid manner to the need for short and medium-term expertise and the research and training of various stakeholders in different health policy areas.