Summary of Talk:
Doi Moi or Renovation in Vietnam started in 1986, when we had the sixth National Congress of the Party and then after that country moved from Centrally-planned economy to open market economy. In 1989, the Vietnamese Government initiated a wide-ranging health reform programme known as Doi Moi (renovation). For more equitable and efficient health planning and policy making process in Vietnam, the evidence on achievements and challenges of health system in Vietnam is necessary. Therefore this paper aims to describe the achievements and challenges of the health system in Vietnam over the last three decades. In fact, together with the developments in socio-economic status of the country, health status and health system indicators in Vietnam have been significantly improved. Vietnam has made impressive progress relating to health status of the people, and the rates of improvement are equal or surpass those in most neighboring countries. These outcomes have resulted from a widespread health care delivery network, an increasing number of qualified health workers, and expanding national public health programs. However, there are still a number of challenges the health system in Vietnam are facing such as 1) Health status: NCDs and their risk factors, ageing, old and new infections diseases, climate change related health problems, etc.; 2) Health system: Have not been well prepared for dealing with the new problems, especially primary health care level. Financial protection impacts of health and health financing policies are still modest. Inappropriate provider payment methods. Shortage of health human resources in disadvantaged areas; and 3) Inequities in health and health cares
Prof. Bui Thi Thu Ha graduated from medical university No2 named after Piragova, Russia in 1991. She got PhD degree from University of Wollongong, Australia in 2003. Prof. Bui Thi Thu Ha is currently the Rector of the Hanoi University of Public Health, Viet Nam. She specializes in reproductive health research and qualitative methodology. Prof. Bui Thi Thu Ha also has particular interests in designing programs to reform health education. She has more than 20 scientific articles published in international peer- reviewed journals (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Assoc. Prof. Hoang Van Minh graduated from Hanoi Medical University in 1994. He got Master and PhD degree from Umeå International School of Public Health, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Assoc. Prof. Minh is currently Vice-rector for research of the Hanoi University of Public Health, Viet Nam. He also serves as Editor-in-chief of the Vietnam Journal of Health and Development Studies. Assoc. Prof. Minh specializes in health research methods and health economics. He has particular interests in doing research on issues of health system, especially about capacities health system for prevention and control of the rising burden of non-communicable diseases in Vietnam. He has more than 110 scientific articles published in international peer- reviewed journals. Assoc. Prof. Minh is also a steering member of the Health Space Asia, of the Vietnam Health Economics Association. He is a member the Editorial Board of Global Health Action Journal, International Journal of Healthcare-Sciedu Press, Vietnam Journal of Public Health, Vietnam Journal of Communicable Diseases. (Email: email@example.com).