Statement of Dr Kidong Park on the occasion of The Launching Workshop of Viet Nam–WHO Health Cooperation Program 2018-19

Dr Kidong Park
24 January 2018

I welcome you to the launching workshop for Viet Nam–WHO Health Cooperation Programme for 2018 and 2019 jointly organized the Ministry of Health and WHO Representative Office in Viet Nam.

I am pleased to inform you that we are able to begin the implementation of Viet Nam–WHO Health Cooperation Programme for 2018 and 2019 already now in January. During last couple of years, we were slow starter. That means that we were only able to being the implementation of Viet Nam–WHO Health Cooperation Programme in April some year and in July the other year.
I would appreciate all the colleagues involved in the process.

Thank you colleagues from the Ministry of Planning and Investment for your clear guidance and facilitating the Government clearance process.

Thank you colleagues from the Implementing Partners of Viet Nam–WHO Health Cooperation Programme 2018–2019 for your active participation and valuable contribution in develop PIP concept note, proposal and project documents.

Thank you colleagues from the Ministry of Health in particular Project Management Unit of Viet Nam–WHO Health Cooperation Programme 2018–2019 for pulling all the process forward.

I should not miss my staff, colleagues from WHO Representative Office in Viet Nam, for their dedication and hard work. Thank you all for your support.

Colleagues and Friends,

During last 4 to 5 months of preparing PIP document and its approval, I was thinking about the role and value of WHO in this country, Viet Nam, the country of rapid change and development.

The answer was clear that WHO's work in Viet Nam should fully align with the health priority of the Government of Viet Nam. And, WHO should provide high quality support reflecting the situation of rapidly increasing in-country capacity.

During the course, we have observed an escalation of health sector reform agenda beyond health ministry up to the Prime Minister level and the finally the Party level. The Prime Minister Decision No. 2348 on establishing and developing a grass root healthcare network in the new situation approved in December 2016 and the Party Resolution on health reform with vision to 2030 are clear evidence of a strong commitment from the top of the Government of Viet Nam.

WHO is fully committed to support the Government of Viet Nam in developing detailed action plans to implement the Party Resolution and the Prime Minister's Decision as well as implementing those action plans. The Viet Nam–WHO Health Cooperation Programme 2018–2019 launched today is fully aligned to these high level government priority.

We have identified three overarching objectives:

  • Strengthening key health system functions through prioritizing primary and community care services towards universal health coverage;
  • Building sustainable national capacities and partnerships to ensure public health security; and
  • Managing effectively communicable and non-communicable diseases of public health importance.

This plan is also consistent with the One Strategic Plan 2017-2021 which is a joint commitment of UN system agencies in Viet Nam. This plan is also well aligned with new WHO's global general programme of work 2019 – 2023 which will be approved by the World Health Assembly in coming May.

You will hear more details on the PIP as well as progress made in the past two years at today’s launching workshop.

Colleagues and Friends,

Today is a great day to celebrate the launch of the Viet Nam–WHO Health Cooperation Programme 2018–2019. However, I want to emphasize that this is just a beginning to tackle the emerging and challenging public health issues for the future of Viet Nam.

As I conclude, let me thank the Government of Viet Nam as one of the owners and shareholders of the WHO. Given the challenges that lie ahead, and the high expectations for health, WHO’s dedicated and committed staff will need to perform better than ever.

Thank you.

Dr Kidong Park

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