- Equipped the partner school (the Secondary Technical Medical
School 1, STMS1) with up-to-date information on Primary Health Care
(books, teaching materials, audio-visual aids), office equipment
(copying machine, fax, computer, printer) and equipment for health
care (assessment kits, baby scales, home visit kits, stethoscopes,
blood pressure kits...). Several key English nursing texts were
being translated into Vietnamese.
- Jointly developed with (STMS1/MOH) the 9-month PHC program,
taught in Hai Duong, VN; the first class was taught by Canadian
- Seventeen nursing teachers completed the first 9-month program
in PHC with monthly scholarship. The second and third 9-month
programs were taught by Vietnamese teachers who graduated from the
first program. Total, 63 graduated.
- Provided daily English classes by Canadian English teachers for
school staff, administrators, teachers and students.
- Ten students, mostly nurses, graduated from the Master's
program on Primary Health Care Management at the Asian Institute
for Health Development at Mahidol University (Bangkok,
- Organized and conducted 12 workshops in Hai Duong (4 on primary
health care, 2 on environment and health, 1 on research process, 2
on nutrition, 2 on dental health, and 1 on community development)
to improve district clinic staff, students, health care leaders and
women and farmers on the above topics. Over 1300 people have
- Organized three scientific research conferences in Hai Duong: 1
on environment and health and 2 on PHC.
- Organized study tours on Primary Health Care to neighbouring
countries (Thailand and China) to promote South-South exchange of
- Hosted 12 day visit to Memorial University for five VN health
administrators and Ministry of Health officials (September,
- Disseminated information on project and experiences learned at
various conferences, meetings of health professionals and
- Selected 9 PHC workers (mostly nurses) who graduated from the
1st 9-month program, to visit Canada for three months to observe
the role of the nurse, be exposed to Canadian health care system,
higher education, modern teaching methods and exchange
knowledge/experience in the same areas.
- Research linkage in areas of infant feeding, vitamin A
deficiency, and adolescent mental health.
- Increased interactive teaching skills of Vietnam nurses.
- Collect baseline data on health indicators of 45 districts
involved in the project.
- Organized midpoint evaluation in March 2000, and the evaluator
observed that the project was well designed, smoothly implemented
and had exceeded expectations in all objectives except English
- Assisted three young Canadian interns to work with the project
in Vietnam, and two young Canadian researchers to conduct research
on breast-feeding and vitamin A deficiency.
- Liaised between the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and Viet
Nam Nurses Association (VNA). As a result, CNA is assisting VNA to
strengthen its organization and increase its membership's ability
to shape health care in Vietnam.