An international conference will be held in Hanoi on March 24 by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the World Health Organisation, the World Bank and the European Union, with the aim to seek ways to improve primary healthcare at local-level health establishments.

Speaking at a press conference in Hanoi on March 18, Deputy Health Minister Pham Le Tuan said the event will present an opportunity for participants to exchange and share experiences in improving healthcare at the grassroots level.

It will also review Vietnam’s recent efforts to provide universal healthcare coverage.

Vietnamese and foreign experts and managers will focus on assessing the role of local-level healthcare institutions.

International experience in the development of local-level medical networks, universal healthcare coverage and the provision of primary healthcare services will be shared at the conference, among other relevant issues.

Challenges and orientations for improving the capacity of local-level health systems for primary healthcare were also on the agenda.

The Party and State have recently implemented policies on financial investment in the field and the national health network has also improved, satisfying 70 percent of the healthcare demand at the local level.-VNA