The World Bank has approved a US$106 million loan to help Vietnam improve the quality of healthcare education and management and boost the capacity of healthcare staff at grass-root level.
The Health Professional Education and Training for Health System Reforms project is expected to support 31 colleges and universities so that newly graduated doctors, nurses and other health professionals will have better competencies and skills to meet the demands of the Vietnamese population.
The project is also expected to provide almost 1,300 primary healthcare teams in 15 provinces across Vietnam with comprehensive training and equipment to better address the healthcare needs of these communities.
It will also strengthen health management training and improve policy-making in health human resources.
Funding for the project comes from the International Development Association, the World Bank’s financing arm for low-income countries. The European Union will also contribute $10 million, while the Vietnamese government will finance $5 million for a total project cost of $121 million.