Internal Technical Workshop – “Universal Health Coverage Acceleration Project” – January 8th, 2019
Following the technical and financial support of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Health Strategy and Policy Institute (HSPI) has been implementing “Universal Health Coverage Acceleration Project” in Son La, Ninh Binh and Hai Phong provinces. The timeframe of the project is from 2018 to 2019. In the last four months of 2018, the research team conducted a situational assessment and gap analysis on the performance of 18 commune health stations (CHSs) selected from six districts of three project provinces.
On January 8th, 2019, WHO and HSPI held an internal technical workshop at Ho Tay hotel, Hanoi to discuss preliminary findings of the assessment and proposed interventions to improve the performance of CHSs. Dr. Kidong Park – WHO Representative in Vietnam and Dr. Tran Thi Mai Oanh – the Director of HSPI were co-chairs of the workshop. The participants included WHO experts, technical staffs working in relevant areas and research team members of HSPI.
In the workshop, Dr. Tran Thi Mai Oanh delivered a presentation on the current performance of the selected CHSs following the designated tasks and functions, and to identify difficulties and constraints in the service provision of CHSs in particular and the grassroots health care level in general. The WHO team also presented an overview of prior studies on the grassroots health care system in Vietnam and international experience in primary health care. Following the presentation, the HSPI proposed specific solutions as well as long-term policy recommendations on strengthening grassroots health care level in the next terms. After a productive discussion, it was agreed that six key areas of intervention should be considered, as follows:
(i) Review, refine and pilot the appropriate health care model at CHS.
(ii) Develop and pilot a number of provider payment methods in the delivery of preventive and curative services at the commune level.
(iii) Strengthen the capacity of health workers based on family medicine approach.
(iv) Develop professional guidelines on diagnosis, treatment and management of common diseases at the commune level.
(v) Build a health information management system to ensure the comprehensiveness and continuity of the service provision.
(vi) Construct key performance indicators and develop the plan for monitoring and supervision of the performance of CHSs.
After the one-day workshop, Dr. Kidong Park highly appreciated the effective engagement of the delegates. The outcomes of the workshop will be synthesized and finalized by HSPI as the inputs for national consensus workshop with the Ministry of Health and relevant stakeholders in order to determine effective, feasible and appropriate interventions that are in line with the health sector's policy orientation in strengthening the grassroots health level towards the goals of universal health coverage.