The Vietnam’s health system is oriented as a health insurance based system with the aim of enabling people to access to quality health care services when needed and at the same time create equity in health financing contribution. The Health Insurance Law has identified the goal of universal health insurance by 2014. With more than 70% of population living in rural areas, the expansion of health insurance (HI) in rural areas is key to reach to goal of universal health insurance. The project titled “Bringing health care to the vulnerable: Development of equitable and sustainable rural health insurance in Vietnam” is implemented to provide evidence for developing HI policies for rural areas. Within this project, a number of interventions have been piloted in two districts of Hai Duong and Bac Giang provinces in 18 months. These interventions need evaluation to serve as grounds for making recommendations and providing information for policies makers in developing health insurance policies for rural areas.
1. Review the Community-based mental health project, 2006-2010;
2. Explore lessons learnt, existing gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Community-based mental health project, 2006-2010;
3. Recommend specific directional strategies for the community-based mental health program by 2020.
1. Review the project performance (October 2007 – Mar. 31, 2010) based on measuring indicators of implementation, outcomes, barriers and drawbacks in intervention programs;
2. Review the relevancy of interventions delivered by the project with the National strategy for HIV/AIDS control, and contributions of the project to the national AIDS program;
3. Recommend actions to be taken to secure further success of the project in the remaining period of Phase III and strategic directions for the next phase.
The project on health care for Central Highlands people (Central Highlands Healthcare Project) is implemented in 5 Central Highlands provinces in 6 years, from 2004-2009 with the overall objective of improving health status and increasing accessibility to quality health care services, especially for the poor and ethnic minorities. One of the key outputs of the project is the Health care Fund for the Poor (HFP), which has been comprehensively and effectively supported. Costs analysis and impact assessment of project support components is essential to project assessment, in general and providing scientific evidence for managers and policy makers in expanding health care model for the poor in the future.
Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of mortality in the world and Vietnam. Smoking related morbidity and mortality cause severe losses to the health and economy to individuals and the whole society. The Government of Vietnam has issued the “National policy on tobacco control” in 2000-2010 period and drafted the Tobacco Control Law with the aim to reduce smoking rate and related losses to each individual, family and whole society. Which measure to select, which level of intervention and effectiveness are important questions that need highly reliable answers to help the Government develop effective tobacco control policies.
Hypertension is among the leading causes of disability and mortality globally, and has become a major public health problem in Vietnam and the world. Hypertension control is part of efforts to combat non-communicable diseases in Vietnam. Given the current resources constraints, valid evidence is needed on the cost-effectiveness of antihypertensive interventions to inform policymakers in effectively prioritizing resources allocation. This study was conducted under the auspices of the Health Strategy and Policy Institute, Queensland University, Australia and the National target program for Hypertension control, Vietnam Cardiovascular Hospital, Bach Mai Hospital.
In 2008, the Ministry of Health was authorized by the government to commission drafting the Law on examination and treatment. In accordance with the Law on Enactment of normative documents No. 17/2008/QH12 and Decree 24/2009/NĐ-CP, any agencies commissioning a law drafting process need to conduct a regulatory impact analysis (RIA).
As assigned by the Minister of Health, in 2009, the Health Strategy and Policy Institute conducted a review of the socioeconomic impact of the draft law to explore the level of socioeconomic influence of specific key perspectives of the draft Law on examination and treatment to help provide evidence for refinement of the law and inform the government and National Assembly for decision making in 2009.
The Law on Enactment of normative documents No. 17/2008/QH12 and Decree 24/2009/NĐ-CP, Article 38, Chapter III, requires that any agencies commissioning a law drafting process are responsible to provide an impact assessment of the legislation, review of enforcement performance and regulatory impact analysis (RIA).
This review was conducted by the Health Strategy and Policy Institute in 2009 to evaluate the socioeconomic impact in terms of some key areas of concern in the draft Law on Food Hygiene and Safety, to help provide evidence for the development and optimization of the Food Hygiene and Safety law, and inform the government and National Assembly in making decision on approval of this law