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       To accept the invitation of Japanese Government and the World Bank, on 11th December 2017 with the consent of the Prime Minister Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien left Vietnam for Japan to attend the Universal Health Coverage – UHC Forum organized in Tokyo, Japan from 12th December 2017 to 15th December 2017 by Japanese Government, the World Bank (WB), the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the UNH2030.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered his speech at UHC Forum in Tokyo, Japan

Attending the forum there were more than 300 high-level policy-makers including the leaders of nations, health ministers and finance ministers, representatives from ministries of health and finance ministers of nations with low and medium low income....

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WHO general director delivered his speech at the UHC forum

At the opening session of the UHC forum on 14th December 2017 there were Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Presidents of Senegal and Myanmar. On the side of international organizations, there were Antonio Guterres - UN General Secretary, World Bank President, Tedros Adhanom - WHO General Director, ...

In their speeches, the Heads of States stressed the importance of health for the development of nations and investing in health is the investment for development and achieving the goal of the universal health coverage is the prerequisite for attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

They also emphasized the role of primary health care and the strengthening of the health system. They are cosidered as a basis for people to access to health services, prevention and health promotion right in the community with effective cost.

On this occasion, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a budget of $ 2.9 billion to support low and middle low income nations to achieve their universal health coverage goals in 2030.

Tokyo Declaration on Universal Health Coverage was adopted at the forum.

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Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien co-chaired the discussion

In particular, Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien co-chaired a discussion on "Strengthening the capacity of the health system, integrating the preparation towards pandemic with activity to enforce the health system for universal health coverage. The Minister of Health highlighted the challenges that the Vietnamese Health Sector has faced and overcome in preventing and controlling the emerging and dangerous diseases such as SARS, H1N1, H5N1, H7N9.

Vietnamese Minister of Health shared experiences of Vietnam in strengthening the health system based on wide public health network where there are doctors working at village level for early detection and effective respond towards epidemics; actively participating in international health cooperation programs such as the global health security program; implementing international health regulations; establishing prevention centers and Emergency Operation Center (EOC).

Financial support to health care when epidemics occur is also essential to the health sector in which the Government subsidizes the poor, children under 6 and near-poor people living in remote areas. The universal health insurance coverage has been strengthened and the rate of households spending their own money for health expenses has fallen to 37% by 2017.
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Vietnamese delegation at the Forum

At this forum, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien has bilateral meetings with international managers and policymakers to discuss bilateral cooperation issues such as Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesushanom - WHO General Director; Mr. Katsunobu Katō - Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan; Mr. Takao Toda, Vice President of JICA Headquarters; Senator Keizo Takemi; Mr. Timothy Evans - WB Director for Health, Nutrition and Population.

During the visit, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien visited the rehabilitation center, the primary health care center at Kitahara Hospital in Japan to learn and exchange experiences on primary health care. 

On 15th December 2017, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and her delegation flied to Hanoi with the successful trip to Japan.

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