EU-funded health policy support programme enters phase 2. (Photo: VNA)

The Ministry of Health held a workshop on the implementation of the second phase of European Union-funded Vietnam Health Sector Policy Support Programme (HSPSP-2) in Hanoi on September 18.

In his remarks at the workshop, Deputy Minister of Health Pham Le Tuan said encouraged by the success of the first phase of HSPSP (HSPSP-1), the EU has decided to continue its support for the second phase with a goal to develop Vietnam’s healthcare system towards equity and efficiency.

The second phase of the programme will focus on ten provinces considered to be the poorest – Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Cao Bang, Yen Bai and Dak Nong provinces.

With 114 million EUR in non-refundable aid from the EU, the programme aims to speed up progress towards universal health insurance coverage; improve the availability and quality of healthcare services at district and commune levels, hereby reducing hospital overcrowding; and contribute to the development of health policy and planning for the period 2016-2020.

The HSPSP-1 was carried out from 2010-2013 at a total cost of 39.5 million EUR. It was dedicated to expand health insurance coverage in poor mountainous provinces and reduce overload at central-level hospitals through building satellite hospitals.-VNA