National Consultation Workshop on Newborn Care in Vietnam (30 August 2013 ¦ Hanoi, Vietnam)


30 August 2013 ¦ Hanoi, Vietnam

At a national consultation workshop in Vietnam led by WHO, Save the Children and USAID, 40 participants from the health sector and representatives from the sub-national levels took part in newborn care bottleneck analysis. The aim of this workshop was to collate, synthesize and validate key findings from the analysis and make recommendations on scaling up newborn care interventions in Vietnam.

Prior to the workshop, between June and August , the newborn bottleneck analysis was carried out in Vietnam by the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) department of the Ministry of Health. Stakeholders at national and subnational levels were consulted in order to identify exiting gaps, both from service providers and user. The exercise was supported by UNICEF.

The workshop which was chaired by a vice director of the MCH department also featured a presentation from the World Health Organization on the global and regional Newborn Action Plan as orientation for the national action plan; and a UNICEF presentation on the rationale for more focus on newborn care following a life cycle and integration approach.

A brief on the process of conducting the bottleneck analysis was summarized by the MCH department which was followed by a presentation of key findings consolidated from the regions. Participants were then divided into four groups to continue verifying and finalizing the findings. At the end of the three-hour session, groups presented results of their findings and had the opportunity to comments, provide feedback and finalize key findings of the bottleneck analysis on newborn care in Vietnam.

The workshop concluded with the following next steps identified to improve and scale up newborn care interventions in Vietnam:

  • to finalize the bottleneck analysis;
  • to Share the analysis and advocate for newborn care at different stakeholder meetings such as National Health Partnership Group Meeting and the National Reproductive Health Group Meeting;
  • to use the findings and recommendations in planning and implementation of the national targeting programme on reproductive healthcare including newborn care;
  • to conduct national workshops to disseminate the bottleneck findings and recommendations and revise the national action plan on reproductive healthcare focusing on safe motherhood and newborn care based on findings and recommendations;
  • to advocate and fundraise for newborn care .


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