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Viet Nam - Population, health and nutrition sector review (Inglês)

The health and nutritional status of a population are important indicators of overall well-being in a society. In addition, they represent a significant source of a country's human capital. The effects of chronic malnutrition and infection on children are even worse, since they are more lasting. Therefore, there is an urgent need to take a comprehensive look at the health sector in Viet Nam with a view to identifying the cause of the current problems in the sector and the policy priorities that will revitalize the sector. This sector review attempts to fulfull this need. The objectives of the review are to: (a) take stock of the country's past achievements and historical trends in health, population and nutrition; (b) define the major sector issues; (c) catalog activities and areas in population, health and nutrition having the greatest need for external assistance; and (d) identify policy reforms and investment strategies that will make the Vietnamese health-care system and the family planning program more responsive to the needs of the population, more cost-effective, and more financially independent.




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