Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Vietnam: Vietnam tackles maternal mortality rate

FOCUS Information Agency - Vietnam Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Xuyen said here on Monday that Vietnam expects to reduce the maternal mortality rate by three-quarters in 2015, Xinhua informs.

Xuyen made the statement at an international conference on management of maternity health care services. The conference drew participation of health experts from Vietnam, India and China, Belgium and the Netherlands.

To achieve the target, Vietnam will make efforts to improve maternal health by developing professional skills for health staff that work at maternity health care services and enhance management policies on the maternal health, said Xuyen.

At the conference, participants discussed the enhancement of health policy-making processes, improving the doing-research capacity of the involved parties.

The conference witnessed the debut of the project on health policy making in Vietnam, India and China: key determinants and relationships (HESVIC).

During the three-year implementation, the HESVIC project will make a review on legal documents on management of maternity health care services in the three countries. Assessments from the review will be a ground to define shortcomings and suggestions to improve the issue.

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