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Achievements

  • 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 teachers.
  • 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, Thailand).
  • 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 participated.
  • 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 knowledge.
  • Hosted 12 day visit to Memorial University for five VN health administrators and Ministry of Health officials (September, 1997).
  • Disseminated information on project and experiences learned at various conferences, meetings of health professionals and academics.
  • 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 learning.
  • 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.
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