Strengthening grassroot healthcare for primary care and NCD management

WVR - Ministry of Health (MOH), Health Strategy & Policy Institute - MOH and Novartis Vietnam co-organized the workshop “Strengthening grassroot healthcare for primary care and NCD management” under the scope of the public private partnership for Primary HealthCare (PHC) Initiative.
Nâng cao chăm sóc sức khỏe ban đầu và quản lý bệnh không lây nhiễm tại cộng đồng
The workshop “Strengthening grassroot healthcare for primary care and NCD management”. (Photo: MOH)

The workshop is to disseminate the mid-term report on the operational and impact assessment of the PHC initiative in three out of seven selected provinces and cities in Vietnam, and to share an overview on the goverment strategy and directions for strengthening grassroot healthcare facilities with a focus on primary care based on international practices and recommendations for Vietnam.

The PHC initiative is a public-private partnership between the Department of Planning and Finance – Ministry of Health and the Novartis Vietnam for the period of 2019-2022 to strengthen local healthcare system in prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (NCD) at 26 blue-print commune health stations as aligned with the MOH strategy and programs.

The Government of Vietnam has made tremendous progress on health outcomes including the achievement of almost all Millennium Development Goals. Now the Government of Vietnam has renewed its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through Primary Health Care.

Primary Healthcare consists of comprehensive and integrated health services throughout the course of life, prioritizing primary care and public health functions and reducing avoidable hospital (re-)admissions. Primary Healthcare involves responsibilities of individuals, the community, and society, as well as political commitment.

Sharing about this PHC Initiative, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Le Thu Hang – Deputy Director of Department of Planning and Finance, MOH affirmed: “The Primary HealthCare (PHC) partnership is currently on the other halfway towards its destination with significant achievments and implacts impacts to the local healthcare services, community people, and the health system adminstrative management. For the community, it helps to increase eligible people receiving health education, newly dianoged hypertension and diabetes patients as well as to reduce the rate of lost to follow-up and to increase patient treatment adherence and management.

For the grassroots health system, the PHC prgram has provided capacity building trainings for local healthcare staff at commune health stations and communtiy healthcare collaborators in terms of expertise knowlege, soft skills and attitudes as well as establishing a robust referrals and information exchange of patients between commune health stations and district healthcare level.

For health system administrative management, the PHC interventions brought about field-based lesson learns and recommendations for regulations modifications and enable policies with regards to grassroot health services and primary care. Besides signigicant technical assitances, the PHC program is also considered a successful model for strengthening primary healthcare as an important pillar towards achieving the Universal Health Coverage commitment in Vietnam."

The PHC project was launched in December 2019 and by June 2022, it has been implemented in 68 CHS in 7 selected provinces including Yen Bai, Bac Ninh, Hung Yen, Ha Tinh, Khanh Hoa, Dak Lak and Ho Chi Minh city with the goal of accessing, communicating, educating, and screening the risk of hypertension and diabetes for a total of 225,000 or so eligible adults and providing trainings on capability building trainings and soft skills in management of NCD in the community for 350 local health care workers in the project areas.

Novartis Vietnam has also collaborated with the Health Strategy and Policy Institutes (HSPI), the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the MOH to conduct the Operational and Impact Assessment Report of the PHC initivative as well as the Key performance indicators (KPI) package and the Operation manual for expansion of the strengthenig primary care and NCD management at commune health stations in Vietnam as aligned with the MOH and provincial DOH strategy and programs.

Nâng cao chăm sóc sức khỏe ban đầu và quản lý bệnh không lây nhiễm tại cộng đồng
Mr. Kevin Cheng Zou - Head of Asia Aspiring markets cluster, Novartis. (Photo: MOH)

Mr. Kevin Cheng Zou - Head of Asia Aspiring markets cluster, Novartis shared: “Novartis is honored to partner with the Department of Planning and Finance - MOH, the Health Strategy and Policy Institute – MOH, and the Technical Working Group for Strengthening primary healthcare in Vietnam through the Primary Healthcare Vietnam Project for the period of 2019-2022. We are delighted to see positive impacts from the project on the health status of Vietnamese people. And we look forward to sustain and further scale up the model in the coming years as aligned with the Government and the Ministry of Health strategy and programs.”

The “Strengthening Grassroot Healthcare for Primary Care and NCD Management” workshop is a key milestone for the partnership between the Department of Planning and Finance - MOH, the Health Strategy & Policy Institute - MOH, and Novartis Vietnam, which bring health benefits to our community people as well as contribute to the strengthening local health system and primary healthcare in the seven provinces in particular and across Vietnam in general."

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