The financing package includes a policy loan worth US$88.6 million, which aims to provide budget support for the Ministry of Health during the process of launching complex reforms nationwide in key areas such as public investment governance, health service delivery, and health workforce quality in the local health care system. An additional non-refundable aid worth US$12 million will complement these reforms through piloting health service delivery models in 12 districts in six provinces with high poverty rate, large minority populations, and unguaranteed health security. The program is part of ADB’s coordinated effort to assist the Vietnamese Government in achieving universal health coverage, including access to essential health care services, said ADB Senior Health Specialist Mr. Gerard Servais, adding that the non-refundable aid will finance critical investments … [Read more...] about ADB helps VN improve quality of health service
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The Second Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Tourism Infrastructure for Inclusive Growth Project will construct climate-resilient transport and urban infrastructure needed to boost tourist arrivals and tourism services investment in Hoa Binh, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue provinces. It will also develop green urban spaces and public beaches in the localities, where the project is expected to benefit 168,000 residents and more than eight million visitors annually. The project will upgrade approximately 31 km of urban-rural roads and 13 passenger piers to provide visitors and residents with convenient access to cultural and historic sites in all of the participating provinces. To help Nghe An’s Cua Lo town attract more and higher-spending visitors year-round and to adapt to climate change, the project will rehabilitate a 5.5-km seawall and beachfront drainage, improve public recreation areas, and expand the market space for local vendors. Quang Tri’s Cua … [Read more...] about ADB projects help boost inclusive tourism, health service delivery in Vietnam
When Apple announced two major new healthcare features this week, it billed them both as terrific innovations that may well keep us alive. Later this year, its Watch will be able to automatically call emergency services if it detects you have suffered a fall and are no longer moving. And it will also let you know if you have heart problems and should perhaps visit your doctor as soon as possible. Other devices have offered similar functions in the past, albeit in less elegantly presented gadgets. But with an estimated 50 million Apple Watches out there already, there are concerns about the pressures it may bring to already-strained healthcare systems. The result may be even more calls to emergency services and, according to one of Britain’s leading surgeons, a new wave of technology-driven hypochondria. "Medical professionals will also need to be vigilant to the risk of misdiagnosis and overtreatment that this proliferation of personalised health information could bring,” … [Read more...] about Can health services handle the Apple Watch?
Chief of Child Survival and Development Program of UNICEF Vietnam, Mr. Friday Nwaigwe addressed the event (Photo: H.H)Mental health and psychosocial problems are widespread and increasing in Vietnam, particularly among children and youthe, and despite some progress the service environment and response for Vietnam remains largely inadequate. The lack of mental health services is particularly acute in remote provinces, and is unable to prevent suicide and treat mental health disorders, which are often at the heart of suicidal ideation and attempts.High pressure for youth during examsThe study highlights that while fledgling mental health and psychosocial services are provided through, among others, social welfare and social protection centres, mental health hospitals and psychosocial units in schools, their quality and coverage is limited, and they often focus on severe mental health disorders. According to the Ministry of Health’s Department of Medical Examination and … [Read more...] about Lack of mental health services in remote areas leaves children and youth in need helpless
VietNamNet Bridge – Mental health and psychosocial problems are widespread and increasing in Vietnam, particularly among children and young people.Despite some progress, mental health services in Vietnam remain largely inadequate, according to a new study released yesterday by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).The lack of mental health services is particularly acute in remote province. There, services are insufficient to prevent suicide and treat mental health disorders, which are often at the heart of suicidal ideation and attempts, according to the study of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing among children and young people in selected provinces and cities in Vietnam.Friday Nwaigwe, chief of the Child Survival and Development Programme of UNICEF Vietnam, said, “Children with mental disorders face major challenges with stigma, isolation and … [Read more...] about Remote areas lack mental health services: study