EU grants €14.75m to health sector

The European Union has granted €14.75 million for a €16.65 million Health Sector Capacity Support Project (HSCSP).

Willy Vandenberghe, Charge d’ Affaires and acting Head of the EC delegation to Vietnam, and Dr. Nguyen Quoc Trieu, Minister of Health, signed the Financing Agreement on the “Health Sector Capacity Support Project” on September 18.

Building on previous EC funded health initiatives, including the “Health System Development Project” and the “Health Care Support for the Poor of the Northern Uplands and Central Highlands,” the HSCSP is designed to assist Government-led reforms, supported by the donor community through the Joint Annual Health Review (JAHR) process initiated in 2007.

The project aims at strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Health, provincial Departments of Health and key sector stakeholders in the areas of sector policy (including health financing); planning and budgeting; management and regulation in the health sector (including Public Finance Management); coordination in the health sector; and delivery of quality health services, with a focus on primary health care and preventive medicine.

The project, with an EC grant of € 12.75 million and a €2 million contribution from Luxembourg, will focus on activities at both central and decentralized levels.

The Vietnam government will contribute €1.4 million, while Germany will contribute €0.5 million.

The project is expected to start in November 2010 and will run until December 2013. It will be part of the EC’s external assistance to Vietnam, which is averaging €40 million per year.

By Anh Quan

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