Vietnam joins India, China on maternal health

Vietnam has joined India and China in a health programme for pregnant mothers (HESVIC), which was launched at a workshop in Hanoi on April 19.


Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen informed the participants including representatives from medical universities in Belgium and the Netherlands, plus the three target nations, of Vietnam’s millennium goals to reduce the mortality rate of mothers by three-quarters by 2015 and new HIV cases by o­ne quarter. 

The country has also targeted a larger number of deliveries with assistance from skilled midwives. 

They are also the goals of the HESVIC project, which aims to improve reproductive health care in the three populous Asian nations, who all record high mother mortality rates, Xuyen said. 

She emphasized that research conducted in the three target countries would serve as the basis for developing medical systems for mothers in developing countries, which are short of staff and adequate policies.