Support in the fight against infectious and noncommunicable diseases
Since PATH began working in Vietnam in 1980, the country has moved from one of the world’s poorest to a solidly lower-middle-income economy brimming with entrepreneurial energy. The accompanying lifestyle changes are fueling a rise in chronic diseases such as hypertension and heart disease, even as the country continues to struggle with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) and HIV.
PATH has operated in Vietnam longer than in any of the 70-plus countries where we work. Our work there has touched on nearly every aspect of health. One constant is our drive to bring new approaches to long-standing problems, whether adapting technology to local conditions, forging public-private partnerships to take advantage of Vietnam’s growing economy and health sector, or helping modernize the country’s health system.
Our work in Vietnam
Vaccines: PATH works with the Vietnamese government and others to train health care workers to manage and deliver vaccines, move from paper-based records to digital ones, and improve the cold chain with innovations like refrigeration that doesn’t require electricity. We are also helping local manufacturers produce and test influenza vaccine and working with the government to improve coverage of hepatitis B vaccine to stop mother-to-child transmission.
Noncommunicable diseases: One-quarter of adults in Vietnam have hypertension, but less than half of them are aware of it. PATH is partnering with health care providers and social enterprises to encourage people to get screened for hypertension and to ensure high-quality referral, treatment, and follow-up.
Tuberculosis: Vietnam has high TB rates and dangerous strains of multidrug-resistant TB. PATH’s approach combines advocacy, communication, social mobilization, and mobile health applications. We have detected more than 10,000 people with TB and helped refer them to facilities with free treatment.
HIV: PATH is harnessing the power of the market to ensure a more sustainable response to the HIV epidemic in Vietnam. Through PATH’s Healthy Markets project, we are working with the private sector and community and nongovernmental groups to develop a new commercial market for HIV-related goods and services among the most at-risk populations.
Strengthening health systems: PATH is a critical partner in supporting the Ministry of Health to implement the Global Health Security Agenda, which aims to prevent worldwide epidemics. Our technical assistance helps the government maximize its capacity to detect diseases and outbreaks, rapidly respond, and prevent future exposure.
Photo: PATH/Matthew Dakin.
Teaming up on a vaccine to protect Vietnam from influenza
A cross-sector partnership to battle hypertension
Global health security
Strengthening systems and innovating in digital health
Our goals, work, and impact in Vietnam