NICE International scoping visit to Vietnam: opportunities for NICE International engagement in the country's national health reform efforts
In January 2011, with the support of the World Bank and the Oxford Clinical Trials Unit, NICE International organised a 4-day visit to Vietnam, to explore whether and how it could add value in the context of Vietnam's ongoing health reforms. This visit was a follow-up on an earlier visit to NICE in the UK, by a Vietnamese MoH delegation from the Department of Science and Training, led by Vice-Minister Madam Nguyen Thi Xuyen, and organised by OUCRU and Wellcome, in late 2008
The purpose of the January visit was to:
- explain the work of NICE and NICE International in the British NHS and international settings, such as rural China and Latin America, to Vietnamese government officials;
- gain a better understanding of the Vietnamese government's healthcare policy priorities, including the challenges their faced with, especially in the context of the forthcoming 5-year government planning cycle; and,
- assess, jointly with our Vietnamese colleagues and local partners such as OUCRU and major funders, such as the World Bank, whether there is potential in pursuing joint work in the near future.
NICE International held meetings in Hanoi with senior Ministry of Health officials, including Vice-Minister, Dr. Nguyen Viet Tien; Vice-Minister for Science and Training, Madam Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, and Dr. Pham Le Tuan, Director of Department of Planning and Finance. In Ho Chi Min City, NICE International met with directors of the Department of Health. In addition, a workshop was held in collaboration with the World Bank to explore government priorities for health system reform
Following a positive reception, NICE International and the Vietnamese health authorities will continue their discussions and explore potential avenues for joint working over the coming months.
This page was last updated: 19 January 2011