ADB-funded project helps improve medical human resources in Vietnam

Wednesday, 2017-03-22 09:37:33
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Providing care for an infant at Dak Lak General Hospital. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO – The Ministry of Health (MOH) in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) held a conference in Hanoi on March 22 to examine the implementation of a programme on human resources development for Vietnam’s medical sector during 2011-2016.

The event gathered officials from the MOH and representatives from 17 medical and pharmaceutical facilities and 34 hospitals across the country that are benefiting from the project.

The programme sets to support investment and the upgrading of health training centres in a comprehensive manner with priority orientation, while supporting forecasting, planning and management systems in training, strengthening human resource management and improving financial mechanisms and payment for medical services.

Chairing the conference, Health Minister Dr Nguyen Thi Kim Tien praised efforts of the project management board and foreign experts, as well as beneficiaries in completing the project on schedule with high efficiency.

Activities under the project set to achieve the overall objective of an equitable, effective and oriented development health system, effectively address issues related to disparities in accessing quality medical services among socio-economic sectors, and support the implementation of the Law on Medical Examination and Treatment taking effective from January 2011 and the "Strategy for the protection, care for and promotion of people’s health during 2011-2020, with a vision to 2030."

Reports at the conference showed that after six years of implementation (2011-2016), the project met its set targets to enhance healthcare for the public. Several key sub-projects were named, supporting the MOH to set up an executive board for human resource development; supporting the building of legal documents guiding the implementation of the Law on Medical Examination and Treatment; setting up registration for practice certificates and operating licences issuance; updating the curriculum and equipping labs at 17 medical facilities; and improving capacity for trainers and administrators.

In addition, the project has helped facilitate the establishment of a human resources training database for 17 participating schools; support healthcare development in rural and ethnic minority areas; assist the formation of a Steering Committee for reform to payment for healthcare services; and develop 26 professional procedures to be applied in 34 hospitals.

The results from the project will contribute to improving quality, efficiency and equity of medical human resources and health services.