ADB assists Vietnam to strengthen health professionals
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved an US$80 million loan to build and equip two new facilities of Hanoi Medical University and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City, with the aim to increase the annual undergraduate enrolment capacity by 2,200 and produce 1,863 additional health professional graduates from 2032.
This loan is part of the second phase of the Health Human Resources Development Project, aiming to further improve the quality of health education and professional training at universities.
The project also includes a US$3 million grant from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, financed by the Japanese government and to be administered by the ADB, which will support the updating of training programs to ensure that graduates are better skilled to meet community health needs, particularly in disadvantaged areas. The quality of health workers in remote health facilities will also be strengthened through the delivery of continuous medical education programs by using innovative distance learning technologies.
“The project will help Vietnam to achieve its universal health coverage targets by upgrading infrastructure and boosting enrolment at two leading health education institutions,” said ADB Senior Health Specialist Gerard Servais. “The fact that this project focuses on disadvantaged communities will help Viet Nam to meet the health care needs of people in remote areas.”
Vietnam faces a l of skilled health professionals, including an estimated 43,250 doctors, 249,416 nurses, and 22,199 pharmacists by 2030. The project aims to address one of the major obstacles: limited infrastructure and outdated programs at Vietnam’s health education and professional training institutions restrict increases in student enrolment and subsequently the number of qualified graduates.