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Nielsen: Health becomes top concern among Vietnamese in Q2 of 2019
Consumer confidence in Vietnam remained stable in the second quarter of 2019, ranking fourth globally, despite its index score of 123 percentage points (pp) being down six points compared to the previous quarter, according to the latest The Conference Board® Global Consumer Confidence™ Survey from global measurement company Nielsen. Its Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) fell from 129 to 123 pp compared to the previous quarter, with the main reasons being a downtrend in positivity about job prospects, financial security, and perceptions on the right time to buy. Globally and regionally, many countries also experienced a slipping CCI because of rising costs and political challenges. Compared to the second quarter of 2018, Vietnam’s CCI rose 3 points, from 120 to 123 pp, with increases in two of three key drivers: job prospects and spending readiness (5pp and 4pp, respectively). Security about finances remained stable versus the second quarter of last year, down just 1pp. Health surpasses job security as top concern In the second quarter, Vietnamese consumers continued to rank health (44 per cent) and job security (42 per cent) as their top two key concerns while 22 per cent pointed to work-life-balance as the third most important aspect. Health passing job security to become the top concern among Vietnamese consumers was something of a surprise but was largely predictable, according to Ms. Louise Hawley, Managing Director of Nielsen Vietnam. “Vietnamese consumers care about their health more than ever,” she said. “Pollution in the air and in the environment are hot topics that are increasingly top of mind for people. With the current situation relating to pollution and increased consumer awareness, health is expected to continue to be a top concern in the third quarter.” There was also a jump seen in those concerned about increasing utility bills, from 6 per cent to 13 per cent. “At the end of the first quarter, electricity prices in Vietnam went up by over 8 per cent, which brought this cost into sharp focus and attracted more attention to utility bills,” said Ms. Hawley. Work-life balance moved up one spot on the key concern list, with 21 per cent of respondents indicating it as a worry. Other key areas of concern for Vietnamese consumers were the economy (21 per cent) and children’s education and/or welfare (9 per cent). Spare cash for medical insurance Globally, Southeast Asia consumers are leading the way when it comes to saving intentions. In the second quarter, despite a slight fall (from 75 per cent to 69 per cent), Vietnam continued to place in the Top 2 in Asia-Pacific in terms of avid savers, just behind Hong Kong (70 per cent). Following the trend in the previous quarter, Vietnamese consumers were still likely to spend on medical insurance premiums (38 per cent). Vietnam became the country with the highest proportion of people saying that their spare money will go to medical insurance premiums, followed by Switzerland (35 per cent), Indonesia (35 per cent), and China (33 per cent).   Source: http://www.vneconomictimes.com/article/business/nielsen-health-becomes-top-concern-among-vietnamese-in-q2
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Jio Health & Bao Viet Phu My partner in digital healthcare and health insurance
Jio Health Vietnam and Bao Viet Phu My, a subsidiary of Bao Viet Insurance, recently announced the introduction of Jio Premium 360, a healthcare package combining digital health and health insurance, under a cooperative agreement between two parties. Customers using Jio Premium 360 will be entitled to many healthcare benefits at home and in hospital. Children from 15 days old to adults that are 60 years old can take out the package and renew it until 65 years of age. Benefits will depend on age. Customers receive free initial testing and general physical examinations. Based on the results of these, a Jio Health doctor will explain the medical condition (if any) or indicate how the patient can take appropriate care. Depending on personal needs or the doctor’s recommendations, customers of Jio Premium 360 can book an examination at specific specialists at Jio Health, such as general eye examinations, skin advice, cancer consultation, nutrition advice, and pre-marriage advice. Jio Health owns a team of nearly 100 highly-qualified doctors with study and work experience at leading universities and hospitals in Vietnam. The majority graduated in specialities such as resident physician, Masters, Ph.D., Specialist I, and Specialist II. Taking blood and samples, changing bandages, etc. may also be conducted at home by the professional nurses at Jio Health. Cooperating with Bao Viet Phu My, Jio Health wishes to increase the benefits available. In case of mandatory hospitalization or inpatient treatment at qualified medical facilities, patients will receive compensation from Bao Viet. The joining of the two in digital healthcare and health insurance in Vietnam gives society a 360-degree comprehensive protection and healthcare solution, from which customers can easily access doctors as well as medical solutions anytime, anywhere, from home to hospital, more conveniently than ever. Jio Premium 360 increases the initiative in each patient’s examination, diversifies the customer experience, and quickly and promptly provides healthcare solutions if necessary. And above all, it raises awareness in society about prevention being better than cure, to minimize any health risks that may arise. “Created to improve the healthcare experience, Jio Premium 360 continues to demonstrate Jio Health’s strong commitment to the Vietnamese people,” said Mr. Nguyen Hoai Nam, CEO of Jio Health Vietnam. “Jio Health always strives to bring helpful products, examination services, and utilities, minimizing costs for users through technology applications. Combining with Bao Viet Phu My is an opportunity for Jio Health to continue perfecting the products and ecosystem we are providing.” Jio Premium 360 was officially introduced to the market in September. The home-visit booking service applied in Ho Chi Minh City will be expanded in the near future.   Source: http://www.vneconomictimes.com/article/business/jio-health-bao-viet-phu-my-partner-in-digital-healthcare-and-health-insurance
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Hanoi strives to finish 90-90-90 goal in HIV fight by 2020
Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi has been conducting various HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities towards the 90-90-90 goal by 2020, officials said at a regular meeting between the municipal Party Committee with press agencies on November 13. The 90-90-90 goal means 90 percent of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90 percent of all people with diagnosed HIV receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 90 percent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. According to Vice Director of the city Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh, the capital city will strive to reduce the ratio of people living with HIV in the community to less than 0.3 percent, thus minimising HIV’s influence on the city’s socio-economic development. A report from the department showed that people diagnosed with HIV live in all districts and towns across the city, with 577 out of 584 communes and wards reporting locals with HIV infections. As of September 30, 2019, the city was home to 22,211 live HIV/AIDS patients. In the first nine months of 2019, the number of newly-diagnosed cases was 1,238, up 54.8 percent over the same period last year. The new cases were mostly males (76.9 percent)aged from 15-25. The number of people getting the virus through sexual activities continued to rise from 36.2 percent in 2014 to 65.6 percent in 2018 and 72.4 percent in September 2019. Amidst the situation, within the city’s roadmap towards the 90-90-90 goal by 2020, the city People’s Committee has assigned specific criteria to each locality, while strengthening communication activitieson the benefit of HIV tests as well as the efficiency of anti-retroviral(ARV) therapy, and the elimination of discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. In the future, the city plans to continue expanding HIV testing in the community as well as hospitals and mobile testing points, and broadening the coverage of ARV therapy coverage through health care insurance. La Thi Lan, Vice Director of Hanoi Disease Control Centre, said that the city has offered rewards of up to 1.8 million VND (77.4 USD) to those who manage to persuade people living with HIV to receive ARV therapy. Earlier this year, the city launched an Undetectable=Untransmittable or K=K (Khong phat hien=Khong lay truyen) campaign with a training course on communications work for the campaign. The communications focused on helping healthcare staff understand the campaign to enable them to support HIV carriers in testing and treatment. According to Paula Morgan, Deputy Director for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as studies have shown that people living with HIV in successful treatment with undetectable levels of virus cannot transmit HIV to their sex partners, stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV should be abolished. She said people at high risk of HIV must get tested, and receive ARV therapy as soon as possible to prevent HIV transmission. Associate Prof. Nguyen Hoang Long, head of the Department of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control under the Health Ministry, said nearly 140,000 patients in Vietnam are undergoing ARV treatment, and the U=U campaign is hoped to expand the coverage of treatment. Doctor Do Huu Thuy from the HIV/AIDS Prevention Department under the Ministry of Health said that as of December 31, 2018, an estimated 250,000 Vietnamese were living with HIV, most of whomhad contracted the disease due to sexual acts and were aged between 15 and 49. Notably, HIV-positive cases among drug users are increasing, especially in the homosexual community, he added. In Vietnam, only 80 percent of HIV people know their health status while some 70 percent of people diagnosed with HIV receive ARV treatment.   Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hanoi-strives-to-finish-909090-goal-in-hiv-fight-by-2020/163672.vnp
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First hospital in HCM City meets breastfeeding practice standards
The Maternal and Child Health Department under the Ministry of Health and the Alive and Thrive Programme on November 20 presented the certificate of hospital with excellent breastfeeding practice to Hung Vuong Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. HCM City (VNA) – The Maternal and Child Health Department under the Ministry of Health and the Alive and Thrive Programme on November 20 presented the certificate of hospital with excellent breastfeeding practice to Hung Vuong Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. This is the fifth in Vietnam and the first in HCM City to receive the certificate, which recognises the facilities’ efforts in practicing the process of early care for newborn and supporting breastfeeding activities. According to Doctor Hoang Thi Diem Tuyet, Director of Hung Vuong Hospital, in face of the low rate of breastfeeding mothers due to their inadequate knowledge of the practice, the hospital has pioneered in giving consultations to mothers on its benefit and supporting them in the field, thus changing their awareness and helping them with breastfeeding in the hospital and at home. In the first three quarters of 2019, over 80 percent of mothers giving birth in the hospital enjoy skin-to-skin contact with their babies continuously within 90 minutes right after their birth and have their first breast milk. As many as 92 percent of mothers giving birth in the hospital gave positive feedback of breastfeeding consultations given by the hospital, and over 70 percent of them practiced exclusive breastfeeding while staying in the hospital. Roger Mathisen, Director of Alive and Thrive in Southeast Asia, said that thanks to the hospital’s efforts in assisting mothers to breastfeed their children, the rate of breastfeeding mothers in the hospital rose considerably in the first nine months of this year. Meanwhile, Nguyen Duc Vinh, head of the Maternal and Child Health Department, noted that in Vietnam, 95 percent of mothers give birth in health care facilities, facilitating communications on breastfeeding. Successful breastfeeding does not depend on only mothers, but also require supports from the families, community and healthcare staff, he stressed. On August 6, the Health Ministry issued regulations detailing the criteria and procedure to recognise hospitals with excellent breastfeeding practice, contributing to improving healthcare services for mothers and children./.   Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/first-hospital-in-hcm-city-meets-breastfeeding-practice-standards/164037.vnp
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Satellite system helps forecast dengue epidemics
HÀ NỘI – Dengue fever epidemics could be forecast up to eight months in advance by a new satellite-based, early warning system.  This system, known as D-MOSS, is being developed by a consortium led by HR Wallingford and sponsored by the United Kingdom Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme. D-MOSS is developing a forecasting system in which earth observation datasets are combined with weather forecasts to predict the likelihood of dengue epidemics. The project, which started in Việt Nam last year, aims to develop an operational early warning system to improve dengue prevention and increase control capacity. It creates better understanding of the relationships between environmental stressors, the hydrological-climate system and human health. The project also estimates the likelihood and severity of future dengue outbreaks under a range of climate change scenarios up to 2100. According to Đặng Quang Tấn, deputy head of the Preventive Medicine General Department, dengue fever caused global losses of about US$9 billion annually. In Việt Nam, the disease placed a huge burden on preventive healthcare service due to high rates of infection and deaths, Tấn said. “Since 2000, the number of dengue fever cases increased by 100 per cent. In 2017, the country had a serious outbreak with 17,000 infected cases and 38 deaths,” Tấn said at a workshop reviewing the project co-held on Monday by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Việt Nam’s Ministry of Health (MoH). “The information shared by countries contributed to coping with the borderless dengue fever epidemic in the region in the context of climate change,” he said. Speaking at the workshop, the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Sitara Syed said: “As climate was changing rapidly, dengue would tend to change dramatically as it is highly sensitive to temperature, humidity and rainfall.” “Water availability directly impacted dengue epidemics due to mosquito breeding sites. However, water availability or water resource management was rarely accounted for in dengue prediction models,” she said. The fight against dengue required co-operation among countries and regions to ensure the best information, experiences and creative tools were shared in time, she said. For any country, existing tools needed to be supplemented with innovative ones to help control and minimise the disease spread, she added. Representatives of Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka attended the workshop to share experiences of their fights against the disease. On Monday, the MoH also held a meeting on preventive measures for the winter-spring epidemic. Winter and spring is a favourable time for many infectious diseases to develop, said Đặng Quang Tấn, deputy head of the Preventive Medicine General Department. “The epidemics would spread easily and widely if there are no drastic preventive measures,” Tấn warned. The common infectious diseases in the season are flu, measles, pertussis, swine streptococcus, acute diarrhoea, avian flu, dengue fever, foot and mouth disease, rubella, encephalitis and diphtheria. Notably, as of this month, there were more than 250,000 cases of dengue fever, tripling the same period last year, causing 49 deaths. The main reason for the increase of infectious diseases in winter and spring was due to prolonged humid weather and increase of poultry product consumption. The low rate of vaccination, especially in remote areas, also worsened the spread of disease. Doctor Trần Minh Điển, deputy head of the Central Paediatrics Hospital, said that the hospital had received many children infected with measles. The unvaccinated patients suffered serious complications, the doctor said. Therefore, many solutions had been proposed such as strict and effective surveillance of the diseases, timely detection and prevention, and increasing the vaccination rates, Tấn said. – VNS   Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/548663/satellite-system-helps-forecast-dengue-epidemics.html#1iHtRoVDhBF7sU3l.97

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