US universities provides reproductive health care training

US universities and international organisations provided an eight-year project to help train numerous Vietnamese doctors and university lecturers in reproductive health.

The project started in Vietnam in 2001 with the participation of the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) and the Hue Medical and PharmaceuticalUniversity.

It was implemented with technical assistance from the JHPIEGO, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, the University of California, and foreign and non-governmental organisations-most notably, Pathfinder International.

At a seminar to review the project held in Da Nang from July 22 to 23, representatives from MoH, local Health Departments, and eight of ten medical universities across the country, along with foreign experts, shared experiences from the project and discussed new directions for medical training in Vietnam.

During the period of eight years, the project has trained 235 doctors in advanced reproductive clinical skills and 455 lecturers in teaching methods, as well as providing facilities and setting up reproductive health establishments.

It also assisted in the creation of syllabuses o­n reproductive health for students at the targeted universities.

The project has helped to build a training programme o­n reproductive health for application across the country.