More than 600 delegates from 53 provinces and cities across the country participated in the event.

Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Viet Tien addresses the event.

As reported, over the past 20 years, the EU provided significance assistance for Vietnam’s health sector, with a total amount of up to VND 3.5 trillion. Accordingly, the program, kicked off in 2011, has focused on supporting the poorest provinces and most disadvantaged districts in Vietnam with the aim of expanding the coverage of health insurance in the communities, training medical workers, repairing and upgrading healthcare facilities, supplying basic health equipment, and improving the quality and management of hospitals.

The EU assistance has created a favorable condition for Vietnam’s health sector to actualize its strategic objectives for sustainable development.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Viet Tien said that the program has made important contributions to completing UN sustainable development goals in Vietnam, especially to improving health care for mothers and children.

"It also helps Vietnam build action plans of the health sector for the 2016-2020 period. In the coming time, we hope that the EU will continue supporting Vietnam's health sector," noted Tien.

Translated by Lam Anh