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Doing it for themselves: Peer-led HIV testing in Viet Nam improves access to care

7 May 2018 — On Tuesday nights, Dang Quoc Phong and his friends get together at a café in Can Tho, Viet Nam. They’re not just there to drink coffee and catch up—some are getting tested for HIV. “Guys like coming here because they feel more comfortable, and it’s convenient to be able to pass by after work or classes,” says Phong, a peer leader within a community of men who have sex with men (MSM). A few blocks away, on Wednesday mornings, Le Thi Phung and Duong Ho Hue Tam, who are female sex workers (FSW), welcome others in their industry to their house to drink tea, talk and get an HIV test if they want.

Viet Nam ready to eliminate malaria

Viet Nam has had remarkable success in malaria control, and is now ready to progress from a strategy of malaria control to malaria elimination according to a report of international malaria experts which will be launched in Hanoi.

On the occasion of World Malaria Day 25 April, on 24 April, the World Health Organization in collaboration with the National Institute of Malaria, Parasitology and Entomology (NIMPE) of Viet Nam is organizing the Workshop on Strengthening Investment to Maintain Achievement and towards Elimination of Malaria in Viet Nam.

Launch of a public consultation on the new Declaration on primary health care

The Second International Conference on Primary Health Care will take place on the 40th Anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata. It will be hosted by the President of Kazakhstan, with the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Astana, Kazakhstan from 25-26 October 2018.

A primary health care-led approach is critical to the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. The Conference aims to strengthen primary health care as the foundation for UHC, building on lessons learnt over the past four decades. The need for quality primary health care concerns all countries, rich and poor, and is essential for improving health, social stability, sound national economies and health security.

Member States, people, civil society and international development partners are being invited to commit to transforming this new vision into a practical reality—a reality that everyone can share, believe in, take action upon, and benefit from.

We hope you will participate in the call for public comments on the new Declaration on primary health care. The call will be open until midnight CEST on 23 April 2018.

WHO calls for action to achieve health for all in Viet Nam

Vietnam meets 73% of the population health needs with regards to essential health services, which is regarded as relatively high compared to other countries in the Western Pacific Region. However, Vietnamese people also face relatively high risk of financial hardship due to payments for health. This is the key finding of the country profile released on World Health Day, 7 April 2018, the theme of which this year is Universal Health Coverage. This year, April 7th also marks the 70th anniversary of WHO—the United Nations agency founded on the principle that Health is a Right for All.

For the first time, the country profile brings together data to show Viet Nam’s progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage. The country profile will help the government to identify gaps and priority areas, in order to strengthen systems and to ensure that quality health services reach all people.

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