NETHERLANDS – VIETNAM DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION IN TUBERCULOSIS CONTROL STEPPING UP

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NETHERLANDS – VIETNAM DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION IN TUBERCULOSIS CONTROL STEPPING UP

Hanoi, 24 November 2000

With the agreement signed to embark on the National Tuberculosis Control Programme 2000-2004 a new step has been taken in the development cooperation on tuberculosis control between Vietnam and the Netherlands. In the coming four years the Netherlands Embassy will contribute EURO 8.4 mln. equivalent to USD 7.4 mln. to the implementation of the National Tuberculosis Control Programme executed and coordinated by the National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases in Hanoi.

Collaboration on tuberculosis control between the Netherlands and Vietnam exists already for many years. In the past cooperation on tuberculosis control was channeled through Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam (MCNV) and the Royal Netherlands Tuberculosis Association (KNCV). Presently, financial support is directly provided to the National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases (NITRD). The Institute itself will whenever necessary request assistance from MCNV and KNCV.

Over the years Vietnam has achieved outstanding success with the National Tuberculosis Programme by using the DOTS strategy to obtain national coverage and high cure rates. The country has successfully combined to vital ingredients for success: national political commitment, coordination of international technical assistance and funding, professional commitment to the highest technical standards, and efficient use of community mobilization.

Good donor coordination has led to joint funding of this National Tuberculosis Control Programme 2000-2004. Not only the Netherlands, but also the World Bank and the World Health Organization contribute to the implementation of this programme on tuberculosis control.

It is expected that the National programme will finally lead to a reduction in the prevalence of tuberculosis so that it no longer remains a public health problem in Vietnam.