Vietnam is emerging as a promising market for healthcare development in the region, according to Marc-Antoine Lucchini, Head of Foundation, General Medicines at Sanofi, who has recently paid a business trip to several Asian countries.
Vietnam is facing heavy burdens of morbidity and mortality caused by non-communicable diseases. Therefore, being able to control risk factors, improve disease prevention, make early diagnoses, and manage treatments of such illnesses are the common targets of the health system and society.
Besides being the leading unit in treating some chronic diseases, Sanofi is at the forefront of the investment trend in digital healthcare transformation.
One of the outstanding projects is the "Ask For Better" Q&A with experts series, a cooperative programme between Sanofi with the University Medical Center of Ho Chi Minh City, the Hanoi Medical University Hospital, and Jio Health.
This programme has been broadcasted periodically to answer questions from the audiences and improve the knowledge of society on common non-communicable diseases. It attracted over 570.800 views in 2021. This show has been presented on diverse digital platforms with the purpose of increasing the interaction between patients and doctors.
In terms of venous thromboembolism prevention (VTE), Sanofi has collaborated with the Vietnam National Heart Association to develop the KNOW VTE programme, which was integrated into the electronic health record of nationwide hospitals as a measurement for VTE risks in both surgical and internal medicine patients.
Sanofi also shared its long-term partnership commitment with Medical Associations, hospitals, and universities to update the medical community with improvements in the development of treatment and clinical experiences.
One of the outstanding projects was the Zalo HCP Community– the first interactive social platform-based project in Vietnam for medical professionals to easily connect, learn, expand their network, and provide better treatment support for diabetic and cardiac patients.
On the constant demands of medical training, Sanofi and the leading Medical Associations have been cooperating in developing the MedExpress online training platform, providing multiple courses taught by top professionals in the field to update national healthcare workers on treatments for diseases such as diabetes, seizures, VTE, strokes, and pharmaceutical information.
|The visits and working sessions between Sanofi and partners provide multiple chances to cooperate and promote healthcare development in Vietnam |
Vietnam – a promising market for healthcare
During his business trip to Vietnam, Marc-Antoine Lucchini highly evaluated the development pace of healthcare in Vietnam.
“We chase the miracle of science to improve people’s lives. In general, I am impressed with Sanofi’s adaptability to the domestic market in Vietnam, as well as the rapid growth of the retail pharmacy chain thanks to the IT system,” he said.
|Marc-Antoine Lucchini at the Cooperation Agreement Signing Ceremony between Sanofi Vietnam and FPT Long Chau for the sustainable development project |
Not only leading in digital transformation, but the commitment of Sanofi to sustainable development with practical solutions is also firmly demonstrated in their strategy.
The most recent deployed project was the cooperation between Sanofi and the FPT Long Chau pharmacy chain in collecting and processing plastic waste from insulin pens.
It is expected to properly collect and process 90.000 used insulin pens, an equivalent of 2.3 tonnes of plastic waste in the first year piloted at FPT Long Chau pharmacies in Ho Chi Minh City.
|Marc-Antoine Lucchini shared the operation orientation of the Corporation with Sanofi Vietnam employees |
Emin Turan, Foundation general manager of Vietnam & Cambodia and country lead of Sanofi Vietnam shared, “With the target of pushing back the progression of chronic diseases by 2030, Sanofi commits to research and provides effective treatments for patients to be treated simply and conveniently. We also commit to contributing to Vietnam's current and future sustainable and long-term development targets."