The proposed project will assist the Government of Viet Nam achieve universal health coverage (UHC), including access to essential health care services, by increasing the supply of a skilled health workforce. The project builds on the achievements of the Health Human Resources Sector Development Program (HHRSDP) by supporting the Hanoi Medical University (HMU) and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy-Ho Chi Minh City (UMP), expanding, and improving the quality of their undergraduate programs for training medical professionals. It will design and operationalize new campuses in HMU and UMP, featuring climate resilient teaching and ancillary infrastructure, helping them to increase undergraduate enrolment and teaching capacity. Innovative models of academe-community health engagement, including the application of information technology (IT) based learning, will enhance the quality of the health workforce and its capacity to respond to the population's evolving health needs.
|Project Name||Second Health Human Resource Development Project (SHHRDP)|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Public sector management / Social protection initiatives
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Gender equity|
|Description||The proposed project will assist the Government of Viet Nam achieve universal health coverage (UHC), including access to essential health care services, by increasing the supply of a skilled health workforce. The project builds on the achievements of the Health Human Resources Sector Development Program (HHRSDP) by supporting the Hanoi Medical University (HMU) and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy-Ho Chi Minh City (UMP), expanding, and improving the quality of their undergraduate programs for training medical professionals. It will design and operationalize new campuses in HMU and UMP, featuring climate resilient teaching and ancillary infrastructure, helping them to increase undergraduate enrolment and teaching capacity. Innovative models of academe-community health engagement, including the application of information technology (IT) based learning, will enhance the quality of the health workforce and its capacity to respond to the population's evolving health needs.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Despite the sustained economic growth that bolstered poverty reduction in Viet Nam in the past decades, poverty incidence and health outcomes vary across regions. Evidence suggest that inclusive growth and public health are intricately linked. Inequitable access to quality and affordable healthcare services worsens the disparities in health outcomes. High out of pocket and catastrophic health spending threaten inclusive growth.
The proposed project aims to address the following binding constraints in Viet Nam's Health Human Resources (HHR) development: (i) uneven distribution of health workforce; (ii) deficiencies in skills; (iii) insufficient health professional graduates to meet health needs; (iv) teaching programs are poorly aligned with population health needs; and (v) limited professional development opportunities in remote areas.
The National Action Plan for the Implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda confirms the government's commitment to ensure an adequate supply of skilled health workforce towards achieving UHC. s HHR development is a government's priority. The MOH will develop HMU and UMP as health science universities, capable of increasing graduate numbers across disciplines in line with the country's evolving health needs and disease burden. In parallel with medical education reforms, the government maintains its commitment to redress the imbalance in HHR distribution, prioritizing the LHC level. The MOH has undertaken reforms to address deficiencies in LHC workforce quantity and quality, and to rapidly increase the number of graduates and improve training quality. Various MOH programs, including the deployment of graduate doctors to difficult areas and granting preferential access to HPETIs for students from disadvantaged locations, have contributed to increasing health workforce in LHC facilities.
The project is aligned with ADB Strategy 2030 and its operational priority to address remaining poverty and reduce inequalities by pursuing UHC. ADB's Country Partnership Strategy for Viet Nam 2016 2020 prioritizes support to UHC as the focus of health sector operations. SHHRDP complements the proposed LHC Sector Development Program to improve LHC infrastructure, strengthen service delivery, and enhance HHR quality.
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|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||
The main stakeholders are the Ministry of Health, Hanoi Medical University and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Participation in project design will be through consultation, focus group discussions, collaboration, and other means, particularly those relating to safeguards -
environment and resettlement.
|During Project Implementation|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Servais, Gerard|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Human and Social Development Division, SERD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Approval||15 Dec 2015|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||15 Apr 2010|
|Last PDS Update||27 Mar 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|15 Dec 2015||16 Oct 2017||16 Oct 2017||30 Jun 2017||31 Dec 2018||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|800,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||800,000.00||15 Dec 2015||781,380.00|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Health Human Resource Sector Development Program–Phase 2: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Jan 2016|
|Second Health Human Resources Sector Development Program: Project Preparatory Technical Assistance Report||Project Preparatory Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2015|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Pre-Feasibility Study and Basic Design Consulting Firm||Firm - Consulting||Closed||20 Sep 2017||09 Oct 2017|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor||Contractor Address||Executing Agency||Contract Description||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Project Preparatory||Technical Assistance 9046||13 Feb 2018||VK Studio(BELGIUM) in association with VK Vietnam(VIET NAM,SOC REP OF)||Brugsesteenweg 210 Roeselare 8800 Belgiu||Asian Development Bank||Consulting Services||670,390.00||—|
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