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Japan supports better health care model for mothers, children

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:24 am

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MOH) signed off on a project to support heath care for mothers and children on December 27 in Hanoi.

Representatives of JICA and MOH sign off on a project to support heath care for mothers and children on December 27 in Hanoi( Photo: Courtesy of JICA)

Maternal and Child Health Handbook – a Japanese adapted health care project will be carried out next year in the northern provinces of Dien Bien, Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa, and the Mekong delta province of An Giang.


The project will last for 3 years, starting from January 2011, with total budget of 154 million Japanese Yen (equivalent to US$1.8 million) which will provided by JICA.


Maternal and Child Health Handbook is a comprehensive instruction manual with essential information about the physical and intellectual development of children, from the fetus up to 6 years old.


The handbook is convenient for use and storage, as it replaces existing notebooks and health monitoring graphs, and serves as a continuing record on the health condition of both mother and child.


Mr. Tsuno Motonori, Chief Representative of JICA shared “By using the handbook, women are much less likely to miss their regular checkups. The handbooks help mothers provide accurate information, about the child’s development and vaccination records, for doctors and even schools when necessary”


In Japan the MCH Handbook was developed and used in 1942 under the name of ‘Maternal Handbook’, it became a tool in the hands of every mother to ensure the baby’s health. In 1950s, the infant mortality rate in Japan was 60.1 per 1000 live births, while the ratio in 2002 was 3.0 – one of the lowest in the world. Whereas, the infant mortality rate in Vietnam is 15.0 per 1,000 live births (statistical data from 2008).


Based on Japanese experience, MOH have drafted the Maternal and Child Health handbook, covering four parts: the monitoring of mothers during pregnancy, taking care of mother and child during delivery and after delivery, and taking care of the child until 6 years old.


The JICA project is going to conduct training activities to health staff on the contents, ways of usage and distribution to pregnant women, families with small children, village health workers and volunteers. The most important activity is to promote the utilization of the book at community health centers from antenatal check up, at birth, post partum, neonatal and child health.


After piloting at the four provinces, the Ministry of Health will have a plan for distributing the Handbook nationwide, contributing and improving the health condition of both mother and child, and achieving Millennium Development Goals, as committed by the Government of Vietnam.

Source: SGGP

Children still need better social care

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm




Children still need better social care


QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:11 (GMT+7)

Vietnam currently has several millions of children living in poor families, over 200,000 orphans and handicapped children, and thousands of child victims of Agent Orange and HIV/AIDS in need of intensive care and treatment, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).


Dr. Tran Thi Thanh Thanh, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Association for the Protection of Children’s Rights (VAPCR), gave an interview to a VOV reporter on International Children’s Day (June 1).


VOV: As head of the VAPCR, one of Vietnam’s first social organisations for children’s affairs, can you tell us about the major activities that the Association is carrying out?


Dr. Thanh: The VAPCR was only established recently but has been already implementing some pilot models of services. The first is one to build a community-based children protection network in two hamlets in Ninh Hai commune, Ninh Hoa district in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa. In these two hamlets, there are 1,000 children living in sub-standard conditions, including 100 in special difficulties. The Association has set up a volunteer group consisting of 15 members who have a knowledge of the laws and the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. They are also provided with child protection skills. The VAPCR has also established children’s clubs to promote mutual understanding. In the future, we will expand this model in more remote areas where the local people are not fully aware of children’s rights.


VOV: What do you think of the average Vietnamese person’s awareness of children’s rights?


Dr. Thanh: Public awareness of children’s rights in Vietnam has recently made some remarkable progress. Previously, many Vietnamese people did not know what children’s rights were, and some did not even accept that children as any rights. At present, most people accept that children have rights. However, there remains a difference in the level of people’s awareness. Children’s rights should be written into the country’s socio-economic development plans, especially programmes on nutrition and education. Even so, people living in remote areas have not yet been made fully aware of children’s rights so they often break the law.


VOV: For many years you have been involved in protecting children’s rights. What experiences do you want to share with others?


Dr. Thanh: I have an unforgettable memory of when I visited a class in Da Bac district in the northern province of Hoa Binh. Before I went there, I had heard that the class was the best of its kind in Da Bac, as the local authorities there offer many incentive policies for poor children. After the class, many pupils’ parents claimed that they had to buy books for their children. The school did not buy books for poor pupils as they had promised. After that, I realised that hearing reports is not enough, you need to make fact-finding tours and listen to local people’s opinions. Fact-finding trips have helped me a lot in my management work.


VOV: Vietnam was the second country in the world and the first country in Asia to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 20 years ago. Has the country since introduced a comprehensive system on child protection?


Dr. Thanh: Vietnam has developed a comprehensive system to ensure children’s rights at all levels. We also built an action plan for children from central to grassroots levels. However, most of the officials and staff, who had been equipped with professional skills for child protection and care, changed their careers after the administrative reforms. Therefore, the country now faces a shortage of staff in charge of children’s affairs.


VOV: What message do you want to send to children and their parents on International Children’s Day?


Dr. Thanh: The message I want to send to them is that the Party and State always offer incentive policies for disadvantaged children. If any children have difficulties, they should let other people know and call for help. Children should focus on their studies, raise their self confidence and understand the incentive policies they are enjoying. For adults, I want to tell them that there are many underprivileged children in our country and we should also work together to ensure a better future for children.


VOV: Thank you.


Source: VOV


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Australian foundation finances eye care project

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm

EC helps enhance reproductive health care services’ capability

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm




EC helps enhance reproductive health care services’ capability


QĐND – Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

A project to enhance the capability of public and private reproductive health services in Vietnam was introduced at a seminar in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on April 5.


The implementation of the 36-month project under the sponsorship of the European Commission (EC) late last year began in Jan. 2010 in a bid to contribute to poverty reduction through reducing mothers’ fatality in rural and remote areas in Vietnam, which is part of the Millennium Development Goals.


The project is designed to increase the access to and quality of family planning and essential reproductive health care services as well as improve the capability of public and private health establishments in managing and monitoring reproductive health care and family planning services.


Speaking at the seminar, chief representative of Marie Stopes International in Vietnam (MSIVN) Nguyen Bich Hang said that her organisation will closely work with target localities to test the model of combining the state and private sectors in providing reproductive health care at the grass root level.


In addition, MSIVN will cooperate with relevant health services and agencies to issue service cards for medical payments on a trial basis to draw lessons for the Government’s plan of extending health insurance to cover the whole population by 2014.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

EC helps enhance reproductive health care services’ capability

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm




EC helps enhance reproductive health care services’ capability


QĐND – Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

A project to enhance the capability of public and private reproductive health services in Vietnam was introduced at a seminar in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on April 5.


The implementation of the 36-month project under the sponsorship of the European Commission (EC) late last year began in Jan. 2010 in a bid to contribute to poverty reduction through reducing mothers’ fatality in rural and remote areas in Vietnam, which is part of the Millennium Development Goals.


The project is designed to increase the access to and quality of family planning and essential reproductive health care services as well as improve the capability of public and private health establishments in managing and monitoring reproductive health care and family planning services.


Speaking at the seminar, chief representative of Marie Stopes International in Vietnam (MSIVN) Nguyen Bich Hang said that her organisation will closely work with target localities to test the model of combining the state and private sectors in providing reproductive health care at the grass root level.


In addition, MSIVN will cooperate with relevant health services and agencies to issue service cards for medical payments on a trial basis to draw lessons for the Government’s plan of extending health insurance to cover the whole population by 2014.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

US Congress passes historic health care bill

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:21 am








US President Barack Obama (C), standing with US Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement to the nation following the vote in the House of Representatives on health care reform in Washignton, DC, March 21, 2010. AFP photo

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Congress passed an historic health care overhaul, handing President Barack Obama a landmark win and taking the United States closer than ever to guaranteed coverage for all Americans.


The Democratic-held House of Representatives voted 219-212 to approve a Senate-passed bill aimed at extending coverage to 32 million Americans who currently lack it in the most sweeping social policy shift in four decades.


“Tonight we answered the call of history as so many Americans have before us. We did not avoid our responsibility we embraced it. We did not fear our future, we shaped it,” Obama said in brief remarks shortly after the vote.


The president, who was expected to sign the bill into law within days, praised lawmakers for defying the predictions of pundits that the mammoth bill must collapse in the face of political setbacks and unyielding partisan rifts. Related article: History of US health care reform battle


Tired after a week in which he met or spoke to nearly 100 lawmakers, but evidently savoring a hard-fought triumph on his top domestic goal, Obama told the US public: “This is what change looks like.”


As the vote count crept past the 216 needed to ensure passage, Democrats clapped, cheered, hugged, high-fived, and called out Obama’s “Yes, we can” 2008 campaign slogan.


All 178 Republicans and 34 conservative Democrats opposed the measure, spurred on by hundreds of protesters who chanted “Kill the bill” during a loud day-long vigil outside the Capitol.


With Vice President Joe Biden at his side, Obama acknowledged Republican warnings that Democrats would pay a steep political price in November mid-term elections that will decide control of the US Congress.


“I know this wasn’t an easy vote for a lot of people. But it was the right vote,” said the president, who has vowed to help Democrats in swing districts win reelection.


The Senate was now to take up a free-standing packages of changes, which the House approved 220-211, as early as Tuesday in a bid to complete its work on the overhaul. Facts: Obama health care plan


Together, the Senate bill and changes would remake US health care a century after then-president Teddy Roosevelt called for a national approach, extending coverage to 95 percent of the under-65 population.


The bill bans insurance company practices like denying care for preexisting conditions, imposing lifetime caps on coverage, while providing subsidies to buy private insurance in newly-created marketplaces called “exchanges.”


It also raises some taxes on the wealthy while expanding a government-run program for needy Americans.


“This trillion-dollar overhaul will take the America we know and love in the wrong direction,” said Representative Eric Cantor, the number two House Republican, who noted 34 Democrats joined all 178 Republicans in voting “no.”


Republicans also vowed to keep up the fight in the Senate — the next battleground — and repeal the broadly unpopular bill if they win back majorities in November.


After a year of often bitter debate, Obama cleared the way to his victory with an 11th-hour deal to sign an executive order reaffirming a longstanding US ban on government funding for abortions, winning support for the bill from a group of conservative Democratic holdouts. Analysis: Obama claims new place in history


“I’ve always supported health care reform,” said the group’s leader, Democratic Representative Bart Stupak, flanked by other anti-abortion lawmakers. “This bill is going to go through.”


The Senate was expected this week to take up the changes and approve them separately, under rules that prevent Republicans from using a parliamentary tactic, the filibuster, to indefinitely delay and therefore kill the measure.


Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans “will now do everything in our power” to fight the bill, while another top Republican described plans to besiege the legislation with “hundreds of amendments.”


Opinion polls have painted a confusing picture, with respondents expressing strong support for individual elements of the bill, but with large numbers saying they oppose the overall measure.


Democrats have highlighted the independent Congressional Budget Office’s estimate that the bill would cost 940 billion dollars over the next 10 years, while cutting 143 billion dollars from the bloated US deficit through 2019 and 1.2 trillion over the following decade.






















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ICT helps improve health care services, say experts

In Politics-Society on March 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm




ICT helps improve health care services, say experts


QĐND – Thursday, March 18, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

The application of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the country’s health care sector is necessary, helping raise the sector’s treatment capacity.


The remark was made by experts from the Ministry of Health at a four-day national seminar on improving public services by ICT in the capital city of Hanoi that started on March 16.


The seminar is being held under the umbrella of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the National Information Agency (NIA) of the Republic of Korea and the Asia-Pacific ICT Training Centre.


According to the experts, the country’s health care sector is facing a number of challenges – the aging population, rising chronic diseases and epidemic outbreaks – while health care costs are increasingly going up.


The information link-up at all levels in the health care sector will bring about optimistic results, agreed the experts, adding that the doing will reduce administrative costs and improve the health care services.


The experts reckoned that first and foremost it is a must to build a legal framework and policies related to the ICT application in the sector.


Also, it is obligatory to set up a common database for the sector, linking central with local health care facilities, they added.


Source: VNA


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Needy children receive free dental care

In Social life on October 10, 2009 at 2:08 am




Needy children receive free dental care


QĐND – Wednesday, October 07, 2009, 20:6 (GMT+7)

More than 200 orphans and disadvantaged children in HCM City received free dental care under a five-day programme that began at the Maple Clinic in District 1 on Oct. 6.

Sponsored by the InterContinental Asiana Saigon, the dental examination and treatment will be provided by four dentists from the DentalClinics Nederland, a Dutch NGO.


The NGO is a collective of 40 dentists committed to providing preventive dental care and treatment to orphanages and underprivileged children in Vietnam.


Source: VNA


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World Sight Day brings free eye care to 15,000

In Social life on October 10, 2009 at 2:08 am




World Sight Day brings free eye care to 15,000


QĐND – Wednesday, October 07, 2009, 20:6 (GMT+7)

Around 15,000 people in five localities will receive free consulting services and medicines to mark World Sight Day that falls on October 10.


The three-week programme that will run until Oct. 28 in HCM City and Hanoi, as well as the provinces of Quang Binh, Binh Phuoc and An Giang, is being sponsored by Japanese pharmaceuticals and cosmetics producer Rohto Mentholatum Vietnam Co Ltd.


Tran Thi Phuong Thu, head of the HCM City Eye Hospital, said knowledge about preventing eye diseases could prevent and effectively treat 75 percent of the visual impairment that people suffer from in Vietnam.


She said that the main causes of blindness in the country are cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, corneal opacity and diabetic retinopathy.


She added the rate of blindness is higher among women than men because they live longer and had less access to proper healthcare.


Eye hospitals have been cooperating with schools and media companies to improve awareness of preventing eye diseases and shortsightedness among students, Thu said.


Source: VNA


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MoH urges professional care as A/H1N1 cases climb

In Vietnam Health on September 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm

The Health Ministry has recommended that people protect themselves and the community by strictly following measures to control the A/H1N1 epidemic and going to a health centre at the first sign of illness.








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Students of Thanh Binh Private High School wear medical facemasks in the class. After the opening of the new academic year, more students contract the flu (Photo: Tuoi tre)

People should also not use Tamiflu without a prescription, it also said.


The recommendation was made on the heels of the latest fatality – Vietnam ’s sixth. A girl, from the southern province of Ben Tre , fell ill on September 3 and bought medicine to treat by herself at home.


Her condition worsened and she was hospitalised on September 5, testing positive for the flu virus on September 11. Despite being treated with Tamiflu, she died on September 12.


The Health Ministry on Sept. 14 confirmed 238 more cases of A/H1N1 infection, including 170 in the south, 40 in the north, 19 in the central region and the remaining nine in the Central Highlands .


The new cases brought the number of A/H1N1 patients in the country so far to 4,902, including six deaths, of which 4,481 people have been discharged from hospital and the remainder is currently quarantined for treatment.


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