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Workshop on “Sharing Information on the Global Burden of Disease and the Needs for Health Policy Making in Vietnam”

In order to provide information about the research Global Burden of Disease, and its importance in the process of making health policy as well as considering the level of resources to meet the current data in calculating the burden of disease in Vietnam and directions for research activities in the future. On 29/07/2014, the Health Strategy and Policy Institute in cooperation with the research team Burden of Disease and Mental Health International Center (General University Melbourne - Australia) organized a workshop "Sharing Information on the Global Burden of Disease and the Needs for Health Policy Making in Vietnam".

Prof. Dr Le Quang Cuong opening the workshop

Prof. Dr Le Quang Cuong, Vice Minister of Health hosted the workshop, with the participation of representatives of Departments/Bureau of the Ministry of Health. Health Strategy and Policy Institute leaders; Ha Noi School of Public Health; General Statistics Office and representatives of agencies and international organizations. The Workshop also had the participation of international experts: Professor. Alan D Lopez, PhD. Dr Jed Blore, University of Melbourne’s Global Burden of Disease Group, Australia; Prof. Harry Minas, Mental Health International Center - General University Melbourne – Australia.

Opening the seminar, Prof. Dr Le Quang Cuong believed that around the most countries in the world where are facing the fact that the needs for health services, is increasing due to the increase in population and health care needs. Limited resources require governments to consider how to respond to people needs. And in order to do this requires scientific evidences.

The study “The Burden of Disease and Injury in Vietnam 2008” under the project “Providing scientific evidences of disease and mortality in the process of making health policy in Vietnam” (VINE) by the Health Strategy and Policy Institute with the participation of the Hanoi Medical University, Ha Noi  School of Public Health and the University of Queensland, Australia has seen a change in the pattern of disease and injury in Vietnam. The burden of disease in Vietnam in 2008 primarily due to non-communicable diseases, accounting for 70% of the total burden of disease; injuries accounted for 16% of the total burden of disease in Vietnam, the remaining burden of infectious diseases, maternal health problems and perinatal pathology. These results helped to provide evidence of the burden of disease in Vietnam in 2008 for the formulation of health policy.

The results of a recent study of global disease burden in 2010 published on 12/2012 in London and published in the journal Lancet showed a fundamental transformation of the global burden of disease, which is the shift from child to young people; from perinatal mortality to morbidity and disability; from infectious diseases, maternal health, and infant malnutrition to non-communicable diseases. This shift differences between countries and regions, it challenges the improvement of health and identify priority issues across the globe.

All results of this study show that the policy urgently needs medical evidence of disease burden in Vietnam. But since the 2008 study, so far no study has been conducted due to the limited resources to collect available data and the demand for evidence of the disease burden in Vietnam was not high. Therefore, the introduction and use of information about the burden of disease from the study in 2010 for the construction of health policy is necessary and valuable to Vietnam.

Ph.D. Tran Mai Oanh, Director of the Health Strategy and Policy Institute presented evidence of the burden of disaese for health policy making 

The workshop discussed and agreed with the participation of stakeholders (within and outside the health sector, the civil society organizations in strengthening operational information system for calculating the burden of disease in Vietnam).The international experts will support the technical issues of this activity.

At the workshop there were many suggestions for providing and sharing information as it’s necessary to have a management system for disease and death information, complete and stable over the years, the co-contract for the supply of the information with Minister and Department.

At the end of the workshop, Prof. Alan Lopez proposed the Health Strategy and Policy Institute will take the coordinating role between researchers and policy makers. Health Strategy and Policy Institute determined this is a priority activity in the future to strengthen the provision of evidence for health policy in Vietnam.

 

06/08/2014
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