Project helps people to access high-quality medical services

Wednesday, 2017-08-09 04:39:41
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Chiem Hoa district's General Hospital in Tuyen Quang province is equipped with modern hearing instruments funded by the Norred project. (Credit:
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NDO – The project to support the health system in the north east and Red River Delta regions (the Norred project), which has been implemented since 2013, will be continued until 2019 across 13 provinces.

The project used a concessional loan of US$150 million from the World Bank and the counterpart fund of US$5 million from the Vietnamese Government.

It aims to improve the people’s access to essential health care services in line with national strategies and policies on the development of the health care system.

Under the project, medical facilities at provincial and district levels have strengthened their capacity to provide high quality medical services.

In addition, the project supports the reduction of financial barriers to facilitate people, particularly those living in difficult circumstances in the north east and Red River Delta regions, in receiving health care services.

The improvement in the quality of the medical services focused on upgrading the medical equipment and facilities, enhancing the management capacity and quality of hospitals, improving the information technology systems at the hospitals, and transferring and training techniques.

According to the project’s management board, the upgrading of the medical equipment for hospitals has been based on the determination of techniques that need to be transferred, under five basic specialities (obstetrics, pediatrics, tumor, surgery- trauma, and cardiovascular disease) and auxiliary specialities for hospital at provincial level, as well as four basic specialities (obstetrics, pediatrics, surgery- trauma, and cardiovascular disease) and essential auxiliary specialty areas for districts’ hospitals.