Vietnam, France cooperate in community health protection

15:29 | 13/07/2020 Cooperation

Over the past nearly three decades, about 3,000 Vietnamese doctors have been trained in French hospitals; dozens of cooperation programs in various fields, such as doctor training, disease diagnosis and treatment technology and skill transfer, preventive medicine, public healthcare and scientific research, have been implemented between the two countries.

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The Vietnam-France Friendship and Cooperation Association presents 51,000 medical facemasks to French people amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Health cooperation between Vietnam and France dates back more than a century. In 1902, Professor Alexandre Yersin established the first medical university in Vietnam and became its rector, laying the foundation for higher education in the field of health in Vietnam. This was also the first medical university in Indochina.

Since the two countries signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in health education on February 10, 1993, dozens of cooperation deals have been signed between Vietnamese and French universities and hospitals in human resource training, scientific research, disease diagnosis and treatment, prevention of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and viral hepatitis. So far, thousands of Vietnamese doctors have been trained in France under the FFI and DFMS/DFMSA programs. They have become leading doctors and medical professors in Vietnam.

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The Franco-Vietnamese Hospital is a symbol of health cooperation between the two countries

Blocking infectious disease

Bilateral health cooperation has yielded satisfactory results in the fields of preventive medicine and public healthcare. The Pasteur Institute of France has three Vietnamese members: Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute, Nha Trang Pasteur Institute, and National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology. France has funded Vietnam’s programs to prevent communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS.

Vietnam continues its participation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which requires the country to meet people’s demand for high-quality healthcare services. Vietnam will further cooperate with France in training resident doctors and specialized medical staff in clinical and subclinical areas such as diagnostic imaging, testing, surgery and emergency medicine. Other fields of bilateral cooperation include pharmaceutical research, biotechnology, immunity and genetics. Vietnam will continue sending medical staff to France for training at the master’s degree and doctoral levels.

In the coming period, the two countries will give top priority to cooperation in training medical staff, especially practitioners in specialized hospitals, and in basic medical and communicable disease research, with participation of French medical universities and hospitals. Cooperation will also be increased in research on emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola, Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease and dengue, in prevention of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis, and in clinical trials and studies, pharmaceutical and vaccine research.

France has invested in Vietnamese pharmaceutical plants to produce medicines for supply to the Vietnamese market. The two countries have shared management experience in the health sector, including management of modes of payment and health insurance, looking towards improved healthcare for all people.

Vietnam wants to cooperate with and learn from France’s experience in upgrading healthcare facilities to provide people with better service.

So far, 1,500 Vietnamese doctors and more than 80 French lecturers have participated in inter-university diploma postgraduate training programs in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and Hai Phong in the framework of cooperation agreements between French and Vietnamese medical universities. The objective and content of these training programs were proposed by Vietnamese and French coordinators, meeting community health challenges.

Thanh Tam