Vietnam Global Health Office opens in Hanoi

Tuesday, 2019-12-17 16:07:46
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Representatives from WHO and Vietnam’s Ministry of Health cut the ribbon to launch the Vietnam Global Health Office (GHO) in Hanoi. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – The Vietnam’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched the Vietnam Global Health Office (GHO) in Hanoi on December 16 in a bid to enhance the role of Vietnam in the regional and global health sector.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son said that with the establishment of GHO, the Vietnam’s health sector aims to better structure its activities in the area of global health and play a more active role in promoting global public health.

WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Takeshi Kasai appreciated the launch of GHO in Vietnam, saying that it is one of the most outstanding achievements of Vietnam in an effort to realise its commitments to contributing to public health development in the region and the world.

WHO Representative to Vietnam Kidong Park said that Vietnam has recently transformed its role and position in the global health sector from a healthcare system based partly on external support to an independent healthcare system. Vietnam has much experience to share with other countries on financial autonomy, strengthening social and health insurance coverage as well as universal health coverage.

“We wish Vietnam to be a guide for other countries when they face similar challenges. We look forward to seeing the central role of GHO in these efforts,” said Kidong Park.

The GHO will coordinate all regional and global health issues regarding all government units, including within and outside the Ministry of Health while advocating and giving advice for policies, global trends and health issues.

In addition, GHO will also increase the capacity of government officials to enhance their representation function at regional and global levels and promote research to build basis and consultancy for decisions related to global health.

On the same day, the Health Ministry launched a Technical Working Group on Primary Health Care in order to strengthen the capacity to coordinate and manage resources as well as provide and implement health services.