The Medical Services Administration (MSA), under Vietnam’s Ministry of Health (MoH), and AstraZeneca Vietnam signed an MoU on September 20 to partner on the CaReMe – Love Yourself programme for the 2022-2025 period, aiming to enhance the quality of care for cardiovascular, renal, and metabolic diseases.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Minister of Health Prof. Dr. Nguyen Truong Son, British Ambassador to Vietnam Iain Frew, and Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam Ann Mawe, and attended by leaders of departments, hospitals, and professional associations.
CaReMe stands for cardio, renal, and metabolic conditions – a group of closely related diseases – and also Care for Me, calling on people to take care of their health early. In three years, the programme aims to reach at least 500,000 people in Vietnam through disease awareness and early screening activities.
|The MSA and AstraZeneca Vietnam signed the MoU to partner on the CaReMe – Love Yourself programme |
The programme aims to raise public awareness of CaReMe, provide standardised toolkits for the early detection of CaReMe disease risk factors at more than 20 local healthcare facilities, enhance the quality of CaReMe diseases management through developing and standardising clinical guidance, and pilot the CaReMe outpatient unit model.
|Assoc. Prof. Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, vice chairman of the National Medical Council and Director of the MSA |
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, vice chairman of the National Medical Council and Director of the MSA said, “Building a comprehensive disease management model will be critical, meaningful, and sustainable to address CaReMe diseases as they are closely interlinked. We strongly believe that by partnering with AstraZeneca, the CaReMe programme will contribute to lessening the burden from cardiovascular, renal, and metabolic diseases in Vietnam."
|Nitin Kapoor, chairman and general director of AstraZeneca Vietnam and Asia Area Frontier Markets |
Nitin Kapoor, chairman and general director of AstraZeneca Vietnam and Asia Area Frontier Markets commented, "Healthcare has become more important than ever as we emerge from the pandemic. Besides communicable diseases, we hope more people will recognise that cardiovascular, renal, and metabolic diseases, such as heart failure, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease, have actually been among the leading causes of death in Vietnam."
"Under the leadership of the MSA and the MoH, and with the partnership of leading medical associations, our programme will cover the whole patient journey, through which we’ll better address the needs of people living in different communities and economic situations across Vietnam,” he added.
Cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and renal diseases account for most of the local non-communicable diseases and fatality burden, with a relatively high co-morbidity rate. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to ensure the effective management and prevention of these illnesses, however, there continue to be challenges that affect patients’ early access to these healthcare services.
AstraZeneca has been supporting the local health system for years. Besides the CaReMe programme, the company is also working closely with the government, the MoH, and medical partners in several other initiatives such as the Healthy Lung and Young Health Programmes, and the Partnership for Health System Sustainability and Resilience that have been improving the lives of millions of patients and creating a positive impact on the quality of healthcare in Vietnam.
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