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  • 08/05/2019 13:57
    Today in Hanoi, Dr. Professor Nguyen Viet Tien – Standing Vice Minister of Health, and Mr. Bruno Angelet – Ambassador of the European Union Delegation, co-chaired a National Conference for the closure of EU-funded Health Sector Policy Support Programme. Addressing the Conference, Vice Minister and Ambassador highly appreciated the outcomes achieved by the health sector for the last 10 years, as well as the effectiveness and practicality of the Support Programme.
  • 19/11/2018 16:10
  • 16/11/2018 09:03
    Under the cooperative framework between the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the European Union (EU), in 2018 the General Office of Population and Family Planning (GOPFP) with technical assistance from the EU Health Facility (EU-HF) has developed a draft manual guiding the implementation of extra-curriculum activities that aim at reducing imbalanced sex ratio at birth, raising awareness of gender and promoting gender equity among school children.
  • 13/08/2018 10:00
    Printing and Delivery of the NCD Early Diagnosis Handbook (NCD Handbook) and the Maternal and Child Health Book (MCH Handbook)
  • 18/04/2018 09:17
    As a follow-on step from the Workshop on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Options in December 2017, a mini-workshop is taking place in Hanoi today to finalize the plausibility study on hospital category II with Da Nang University of Medical Technology and Pharmacy as a case study.


02/28/2018 09:03
Contribution of the Trained Ethnic Village Birth Attendants (TEVA) in reducing maternal and neo-natal mortality rates, launched by the Ministry of Health as one of the Millennium Development Goals, were reflected at an event today.

TEVAs are selected from their own ethnic minority communities and trained for at least 9 months in medical schools to provide services to pregnant women in remote and difficult areas. Understanding local cultures and indigenous customs, TEVAs can easily access to ethnic minority communities to communicate and provide safe motherhood services.

The EU has been the largest ODA donor and the strategic partner of Vietnam's health sector. Under its health sector policy support programs, the EU places particular focus on poorest provinces and most disadvantaged districts – home of ethnic minority groups, helping with the training of health professionals (including TEVAs); provision of essential medical equipment and supplies; standardization of clinical guidelines for health services.

Attending the Ceremony, Director General of EU's Directorate for International Cooperation and Development - Mr. Stefano Manservisi said that “It is encouraging to witness EU-Vietnam fruitful cooperation in the health sector. We are delighted to see that Vietnam managed to reduce the under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) from 51 in 1990 to 24 in 2013; and the maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births) from 140 in 1990 to 49 in 2013. This decreasing trend continued over the period 2013-2015. The European Union's support has been focused in the poorest provinces, where mother and child health related indicators are also low compared to that of the better-off regions. Over the period of 2015-2017, with our support the percentage of deliveries attended by trained health staff has increased significantly, while the infant mortality rate has decreased in all 10 provinces.”.

Acknowledging the contribution of TEVAs, the State Vice President Mrs. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh underlined that “TEVAs are recognized for their achievements, particularly in improving maternal and child health care, family planning, mass immunization and prevention of child malnutrition. TEVA is the extended arm of the health sector, and connects health facilities and ethnic minorities, bringing the Party and State's policies to the local people. We should improve coordination between the line ministries and local authorities to propose relevant policies to maintain and strengthen TEVA networks in mountainous, remote and isolated areas and ensure implementation of incentives for TEVA to fulfil their jobs”.

Attending the seminar were 66 TEVAs from different locations representing nearly 3,000 TEVAs across the country, together with more than 200 representatives of the Ministry of Health, provinces and districts.

During the last 20 years the European Union provided support to the Ministry of Health of Vietnam in its effort to reducing maternal and neonatal mortality rates through a number of projects and programmes. Supporting TEVA had been one of the important directions in this support.

Since 2014 the European Union is providing support to the Government of Vietnam through its Health Sector Policy Support Programme phase II: Towards Equity and Quality of Health Services in Vietnam -  with 100 million Euro direct budget support it is considered the largest EU Health Sector Budget Support Operation in Asia. The programme aims to sustain poverty alleviation and inclusive economic growth in Vietnam through the provision of the support for the development of the Vietnamese health care system, towards equity, efficiency and improved quality in line with country’s health sector strategy focusing on 10 provinces considered to be the poorest: Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Cao Bang, Yen Bai and Dak Nong.

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