The Vietnamese Ministry of Health says it is building feasibility studies to use official development aid (ODA) capital for six health care projects. The feasibility studies will be submitted to the Government for approval.
The first project would benefit low-income people in five provinces in northern mountainous areas and the West Highlands of Central Vietnam based on EC gratis aid worth 18 million euros.
The second is designed to fight infectious diseases and will use Asian Development Bank gratis aid worth US$15 million.
The third will support health care in the 13 provinces of the Mekong Delta, with a World Bank US$70 million loan.
The fourth aims to upgrade the National Children’s Hospital, with US$98 million gratis aid from The Atlantic Philanthropies, a group of charitable foundations around the world.
The fifth, with US$24 million gratis aid also from The Atlantic Philanthropies, is designed to build a community medical university.
The sixth project, with about 10 million euros to be lent by the Austrian Government, will upgrade equipment at the Viet Nam Cardio-vascular Institute.
Almost all the donors have agreed in principle to fund the projects.
At present, the Ministry of Health is carrying out 38 projects with gratis aid and loans provided by international donors.