Working for a healthier Vietnam
A history of addressing varied and crucial needs in health
PATH’s work in Vietnam began in 1980 with a project to improve local condom manufacturing capacity. Other projects in reproductive health followed, and in 1997, we opened a permanent office in Hanoi. We broadened our focus from contraceptive technologies to wider health issues, including emerging and epidemic diseases; vaccines and immunization; reproductive, maternal, and child health; and digital health solutions. For more than 35 years, we have collaborated with a diverse range of partners to help improve health in Vietnam.
Despite rapid economic development and cultural change in Vietnam, pressing health challenges remain, including those which are arising as a result of these social and economic shifts. Shifts in international support are changing the ways in which Vietnam can continue to develop its health services, while commercial providers of health care products and services are recognizing the potential of the market in Vietnam. With our unique expertise in bridging the gap between the public and private sectors, PATH is supporting a burgeoning private sector in Vietnam to expand options for health services for different consumers, reducing the burden on public resources, while also providing technical assistance to the government to regulate and monitor these new options to ensure quality. This leads to improved health for people alongside increased economic opportunities for the country.
Our growing portfolio focuses on the following efforts:
- Emerging and epidemic diseases: addressing communicable diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis, as well as emerging noncommunicable diseases, such as hypertension. We are also supporting the Vietnam government to improve disease surveillance.
- Vaccines and immunization: supporting Vietnam to increase capacity to respond to current threats and possible pandemics through the enhancement of influenza vaccine production and clinical development capacity in Vietnam. We’re also increasing the quality and efficiency of immunization systems by developing digital tracking tools for health providers and caregivers.
- Reproductive, maternal and child health: supporting women and children to have equitable access to health, such as strengthening systems to ensure that all infants have access to human milk. This includes developing Vietnam’s first integrated human milk bank, which supports vulnerable infants in need, such as those born prematurely, to access donated human milk.
- Digital Health Solutions: increasing efficiency and effectiveness of health systems and increasing access to services through diverse solutions, such as supporting social enterprises to develop mobile applications for locating HIV service and product outlets.
Banner photo: Nguyen Ba Quang.