Viet Nam is a country in South East Asia with a population of 88 million people and a life expectancy at birth of 73 years (males) and 77 years (females). The Ministry of Health used to be quite centralized but the past few decades have seen heavy decentralization. Nevertheless, the national Ministry of Health still has an important steering role to play, and is responsible for developing national strategies and programmes as well as for running national institutions. Provincial and District Health authorities and the Commune People’s Committee are responsible for the administration and delivery of health services at local level. WHO supports the Ministry of Health in its steering and supervisory role, as well its key role in coordinating the different actors and stakeholders in the health sector.
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