Roundtable discussions on Redesigning Viet Nam’s Health Systems towards UHC and Health Equity

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From 8 – 12 May, the World Health Organization Vietnam Office organized roundtable discussions on Redesigning Viet Nam’s Health Systems towards UHC and Health Equity.

The discussion welcomed the participants of different department partners including European Union, UN agencies such as UNFPA, UNIDOS, UNICEF, Embassies (Cuba, USA, UK, Denmark), INGOs (PATH, CRS, American Red Cross), Vietnam Ministry of Health, research institutes, GaneshAID and other institutions.

The WHO experts delivered the presentations on health system design concept, health system inputs, oversight and regulations in the health system, service delivery structures and processes, community empowerment focusing on social determinants.

The participants shared discussions on vision of the health system in Vietnam, how the health system in Vietnam is at the moment, the issues which Vietnam health system is facing with, as well as the shortcomings of policy and current implementation in the health system, etc. Likewise, participants shared their experience on projects to strengthen the health system in Vietnam, opportunities and challenges for enhancing the system.

The 5-day roundtable discussions took place in order to get feedback on and launch the Vietnam health systems redesign approach of the WHO Vietnam Office. This is one of three activities including:

  • Roundtable discussions (week of 8-12 May)
  • Equity meetings with local level health authorities (Lang Son & Soc Trang)
  • The official launch of the systems design (week of 12 June)

According to WHO Vietnam, the redesigning approach is taking into account the:

  • strengthening of health system inputs (financing, human resources, essential medicines and technologies, and health information);
  • role of the MoH in providing oversight and governance;
  • need for well-designed health service delivery networks at the local level that deliver quality care that is centred around and responsive to the needs of the patient; and
  • empowerment of communities to take charge of their health, change their behaviours and adopt and sustain lifesaving public health interventions.

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