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VN & EU mark 20 years of healthcare cooperation

Released at: 15:15, 17/11/2015

VN & EU mark 20 years of healthcare cooperation

Funding of $8.85 million to be provided to Ministry of Health for clinical training courses and on-the-job training for a wide range of healthcare staff.

by Hoai An

A ceremony led by Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and Mr. Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, was held on November 16 to celebrate 20 years of Vietnam-EU cooperation in improving healthcare.

An agreement was also signed between the EU and the World Bank covering €8.3 million ($8.85 million) in funding the former has agreed to contribute to the latter’s Trust Fund to support the Health Professional Education and Training Project in Vietnam, which is complementary support to the second phase of the Health Sector Policy Support Program (HSPSP-2) in the period of 2015-2018. Activities will include clinical training courses and on-the-job training for a wide range of healthcare staff, curriculum development, evaluation and monitoring.

According to Mr. Mimica, between 1995 and 2015 the infant mortality rate has been cut by half in Vietnam, from 31.2 to 15.3 per 1,000 live births. “The EU will broaden the scope and the magnitude of the partnership and cooperation with Vietnam, through the adoption of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and the completion of negotiations over the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement,” he said.

“During the last 20 years the partnership between the EU and the Ministry of Health has strengthened as we work towards a common goal: a healthcare system toward equity, efficiency, and development, improving the quality of care to meet the growing and diverse needs of all Vietnamese people,” Minister Tien told the ceremony. “Support from the EU and its member states has contributed significantly to increasing both the quality and availability of healthcare and through that to the improved health of our people.”

A publication highlighting Vietnam’s health services through this cooperation since 1995 was also launched at the ceremony. Called “20 Years of Vietnam-EU Cooperation to Improve Health Care”, the book was prepared for the EU Delegation by the EU Health Facility, established by the Delegation to support stakeholders in achieving targets defined in the HSPSP-2. The book describes the activities implemented and results achieved in improving healthcare between 1995 and 2015 with support from the EU and its member states.

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