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). Vietnam’s health system has grown increasing decentralized over several decades; nevertheless the national Ministry of Health plays an important steering role, and is responsible for developing national strategies and programmes as well as 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. The Ministry of Health’s current Plan for People’s Health Protection, Care and Promotion 2016-2020 is designed to address challenges identified during the implementation of the Five-Year Health Sector Development Plan 2011-2015. You can access important country documents by clicking here.