APEC officials discuss health care for elderly

In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong highlighted health as a critical component of economic and trade development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Investment in health is the key to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, he said, adding that better health leads to greater wealth and that will be an essential driver of long-term economic development growth. Cuong reviewed Vietnam’s hosting of the first Health Working Group Meeting in Nha Trang city, the central province of Khanh Hoa, from February 23-24, with the theme of “Health system strengthening towards sustainable development” and five priorities. The priorities include progress on universal health coverage in APEC economies towards healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, strengthening communicable disease control and antimicrobial resistance among APEC economies, integrated approach for promoting healthy aging and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sustainable health care finance in the transitional period and health in all policies, and multi sectoral action to achieve health related to sustainable development goals (SDGs) 2030. The theme and priorities were highly appreciated and endorsed by 21 APEC economies as they are issues of common interest that need to be strengthened more for all APEC economies in the coming year, he noted. The second APEC Health Working Group Meeting will review the 2017 HWG Work Plan, and discuss priorities and indicators for healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, as well as progress reports on approved and on-going projects of APEC economies. New HWG concept notes for…... [read more]

APEC officials discuss health care for elderly

Officials of the APEC Health Working Group gather in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21 (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Officials of the APEC Health Working Group gathered in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21, expecting to address a range of issues in order to build a healthy Asia-Pacific region. In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong highlighted health as a critical component of economic and trade development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Investment in health is the key to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, he said, adding that better health leads to greater wealth and that will be an essential driver of long-term economic development growth. Cuong reviewed Vietnam’s hosting of the first Health Working Group Meeting in Nha Trang city, the central province of Khanh Hoa, from February 23-24, with the theme of “Health system strengthening towards sustainable development” and five priorities. The priorities include progress on universal health coverage in APEC economies towards healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, strengthening communicable disease control and antimicrobial resistance among APEC economies, integrated approach for promoting healthy aging and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sustainable health care finance in the transitional period and health in all policies, and multi sectoral action to achieve health related to sustainable development goals (SDGs) 2030. The theme and priorities were highly appreciated and endorsed by 21 APEC economies as they are issues of common interest that need to be strengthened…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Officials of the APEC Health Working Group gathered in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21, aiming to address a range of issues in order to build a healthy Asia-Pacific region. In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong highlighted health as a critical component of the economic and trade development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Investment in health is the key to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, he said, adding that better health leads to greater wealth, which will be an essential driver for long-term economic development growth. Cuong reviewed Vietnam’s hosting of the first Health Working Group Meeting in Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, from February 23-24, with the theme of “Health system strengthening, towards sustainable development” and focusing on five priorities. The priorities include; ensuring progress on universal health coverage in APEC economies towards a healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, strengthening communicable disease control and antimicrobial resistance among APEC economies, an integrated approach for promoting healthy aging and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sustainable health care finance in the transitional period and a focus on health in all policies, and multi sectorial action to achieve health in relation to sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030. The theme and priorities were highly appreciated and endorsed by the 21 APEC economies as they are issues of common interest that need to be strengthened further for all APEC economies in the coming year, he noted. The second APEC Health Working Group Meeting will review the…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Officials of the APEC Health Working Group gathered in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21, aiming to address a range of issues in order to build a healthy Asia-Pacific region. In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong highlighted health as a critical component of the economic and trade development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Investment in health is the key to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, he said, adding that better health leads to greater wealth, which will be an essential driver for long-term economic development growth. Cuong reviewed Vietnam’s hosting of the first Health Working Group Meeting in Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, from February 23-24, with the theme of “Health system strengthening, towards sustainable development” and focusing on five priorities. The priorities include; ensuring progress on universal health coverage in APEC economies towards a healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, strengthening communicable disease control and antimicrobial resistance among APEC economies, an integrated approach for promoting healthy aging and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sustainable health care finance in the transitional period and a focus on health in all policies, and multi sectorial action to achieve health in relation to sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030. The theme and priorities were highly appreciated and endorsed by the 21 APEC economies as they are issues of common interest that need to be strengthened further for all APEC economies in the coming year, he noted. The second APEC Health Working Group Meeting will review the…... [read more]

In his opening remarks, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Le Quang Cuong highlighted health as a critical component of economic and trade development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Investment in health is the key to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, he said, adding that better health leads to greater wealth and that will be an essential driver of long-term economic development growth. Cuong reviewed Vietnam’s hosting of the first Health Working Group Meeting in Nha Trang city, the central province of Khanh Hoa, from February 23-24, with the theme of “Health system strengthening towards sustainable development” and five priorities. Officials of the APEC Health Working Group gather in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21 The priorities include progress on universal health coverage in APEC economies towards healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, strengthening communicable disease control and antimicrobial resistance among APEC economies, integrated approach for promoting healthy aging and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), sustainable health care finance in the transitional period and health in all policies, and multi sectoral action to achieve health related to sustainable development goals (SDGs) 2030. The theme and priorities were highly appreciated and endorsed by 21 APEC economies as they are issues of common interest that need to be strengthened more for all APEC economies in the coming year, he noted. The second APEC Health Working Group Meeting will review the 2017 HWG Work Plan, and discuss priorities and indicators for healthy Asia-Pacific by 2020, as…... [read more]

It will build on the success of the elimination of polio and neonatal tetanus, promote the antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, and prevent the mother-to-child transmission of HIV to ensure 80 percent of the patients will be given treatment in 2015. It will also work hard to prevent non-communicable and school-related diseases and those of unknown causes from spreading across communities. The Ministry of Health set the targets for the sector at a review conference in Hanoi on March 25. Dr Nguyen Van Binh, head of the Preventive Medicine Department, said last year Vietnam controlled a number of dangerous diseases, such as cholera, plague, rubella, malaria, rabies, and meningococcal meningitis. The infection rate of hand-foot-mouth disease increased by 39.4 percent, but the mortality rate fell by more than 4 times compared to 2011. 2012 was the fourth consecutive year the number of HIV infections, AIDS patients and deaths from AIDS continued to decline. Professor Nguyen Tran Hien, director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), warned about an increasing incidence of infection and mortality from non-communicable diseases and injuries such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and mental illnesses. In addition, he said, the malnutrition rate among stunted children remains high in the Central Highland, northern midland and mountainous areas. The number of labour and traffic accidents and suicides has also increased considerably in recent years.... [read more]

The event involves health officials and experts from 28 out of 33 member nations and Western Pacific territories. In her key-note speech as Chair of the 63rd RCM session hosted by Vietnam in 2012, Minister Tien emphasized the importance of promoting solidarity and coordination between countries at international forums and mobilizing all resources to deal with regional challenges on the way to achieving common goals. She also spoke highly of the health achievements recorded since the previous RCM in preventing infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), eradicating polio, measles, responding to disasters, improving community health care and developing the medical system. On Vietnam’s healthcare development strategy, Minister Tien said the health sector will focus on covering all the people healthcare insurance, reforming health financing, intensifying the management of hospitals and drug use, and preventing NCDs in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on health care by 2015. The health sector is set to expand the local medical network and improve the quality of primary healthcare so that everyone can have access to high-quality health services, Tien stressed. At the 64th RCM, Dr Shin Young-soo from the Republic of Korea (RoK), WHO Regional Directorfor the Western Pacific for the 2009-2013 term was re-elected Director for the next term.... [read more]

The event, with the theme "Better health care for the ASEAN Community," will focus the discussion on several salient topics including improvement of primary health care with the goal of universal health coverage, non-communicable disease prevention, and multi-sectoral co-operation in the prevention of newly emerging infectious diseases. "The event will be a chance for ASEAN members to discuss health policies and share their experience with an aim to build a healthy community in the region in the coming years," said Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long at a press conference on September 11. "The event also aims to improve peoples' health in the region by sharing our experiences in tackling pressing health issues and thereby improving co-operation with partner countries, like China, RoK, and Japan," said Long. At the event, the ministry of health will speak about its achievements in health care and preventative policy. Long specifically mentioned the results from the successful implementation of the Millennium Development Goals like reducing maternal and infant (0-5yrs) fatality rates. Hosted by the Ministry of Health of Vietnam for the first time, the meeting will also include four side events focusing on a range of topics such as universal health coverage by focusing on health insurance in the informal sector, emerging infectious diseases prevention and control, policy response to ageing populations, and advocacy for sustainable financing of the HIV/AIDS response in ASEAN member countries.... [read more]

Representatives from Vietnam’s National Cancer Hospital (K Hospital), Bach Mai Hospital and the National Hospital of Endocrinology briefed participants on the current NCD situation in Vietnam, international experience and recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO). They also suggested effective approaches for NCD prevention and control, highlighting the inclusion of NCD-related healthcare in primary service providers. Scientific studies revealed major risk determinants, include smoking, alcohol abuse, unhealthy eating habits and lack of physical activity. Director of the K Hospital Bui Dieu cited surveys in the community saying that only 35 percent of those interviewed had basic understandings of cancer; 67.2% said all cancers are fatal. He also suggested developing a strategy for cancer prevention and control from 2016 onwards, and making use of the available resources to enhance NCD early detection, treatment and care to improve the quality of life for patients with NCDs. The National Strategy for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) for 2015-2020 aims to manage the progression of the diseases and reduce NCD-related early fatality and disability. The strategy also points to measures to strengthen the enforcement of legal frameworks, relevant policies, expand publicity campaigns and improve healthcare service quality and supervision. Non-communicable diseases—such as high-blood pressure, pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, diabetes and cancer—account for two-thirds of the total disease incidence and health-related mortality in Vietnam. Vietnam currently has 12.5 million people with high blood pressure, 2.5 million diabetics and more than 2 million others suffering from COPD and asthma. About 125,000 new cases…... [read more]

In his speech at the AHMM plenary session on July 22, Minister Trieu highlighted Vietnam’s achievements in caring and protecting people’s health, as well as developing grassroots-level healthcare network. He said many of dangerous epidemics have been well controlled, health services have been diversified and many sophisticated technologies have been developed and applied, making it easier for the people to get access to quality health services. General health indicators in Vietnam have exceeded those in countries with the same level of per capita income, said Mr Trieu. Vietnam has proposed observing June 15 every year as ASEAN Dengue Day, showing its strong political commitment and the engagement of the entire society in fighting this disease. To this end, the country has drawn up a dengue fever prevention project to encourage public participation and inter-sectoral cooperation in the fight. The project is estimated to cost US$1.9 million and Vietnam will seek donor assistance to implement it. Minister Trieu also shared Vietnam’s experience in containing the influenza epidemic and proposed that ASEAN countries keep a close watch on the emergence of influenza, type A, especially the mutation of A/H1N1 and H5N1 viruses, in their countries. He called on the member states to increase the sharing of information about epidemics, including newly emerged diseases, to take swift and effective preventive measures. The ministers adopted the ASEAN Strategic Framework on health and Development for the 2010-2015 period. The framework is focused on (i) food safety, (ii) access to health care services which comprise pharmaceuticals,…... [read more]

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