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Working Toward a Healthy Vietnam: Key Policy Messages From the VASS-SSRC Project

by Anil B. Deolalikar; Mary Byrne Mcdonnell

Apr 8, 2019

This brief provides key policy messages based on a large-scale longitudinal study from 2008 to 2016 in twelve communes in three Vietnamese provinces by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).

The project's objective was to understand household health practices and health-seeking behavior in Viet Nam, especially among economically and socially disadvantaged groups.

Key findings highlight the main areas where donors and the government will need to focus in the coming years in order to improve and reduce disparities in health outcomes.

These recommendations include:

  • Increasing the use and effectiveness of commune health centers (CHCs)
  • Improving antenatal care and utilization
  • Helping CHCs implement preventive health care and essential disease control programs