IBSA Fund Annual Report- Viet Nam2

Viet Nam

An Innovative e-Learning Approach for Health

Approved Budget:



June 2015–


December 2018

Mostly contributing to:



Ministry of Health; Hai Phong University of Medicine and Pharmacy; World Health Organization (WHO) Viet Nam


This project developed electronic training modules to enhance the capacities of medical students and health professionals to provide health-care services in the northern coastal region of Viet Nam. These e-modules and platform improved the coverage and quality of services in the underserviced regions, with priorities on learning related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and marine medicine. The project also established facilities at five remote sites for greater outreach and connectivity.

Key Achievements

  • The project developed an effective e-learning programme that enabled the design, development, delivery and testing of pilot e-learning modules on NCDs in Hai Phong University of Medicine and Pharmacy and in 4 districts in the northern coastal region of Viet Nam. It also continued to support the development of additional e-learning content and delivery beyond the pilot module.
  • Electronic training modules were developed on NCDs that included training in e-learning, course information, online lectures, additional resources, tests, forum-base Q&A sessions and a final assessment. A total of 213 health workers were trained using the modules to treat NCDs. 
  • 660 students received training via the pilot NCD modules.
  • The eLearning platform, successful in reaching healthcare workers in remote-site medical settings, is now being used to train frontline workers for COVID-19.

Challenges and Lessons Learned

The importance of collaboration of all stakeholders was one of the key lessons learned. That approach is one of the distinguishing factors between the first and second stages of the project and is important on all levels. Establishing effective communication systems and structures had a large impact on this, particularly the establishment of an effective Steering Committee with representation from all strategic stakeholders.

Link of the Project to National Priorities

This project contributed to improving access to quality, equitable health services at the grass-roots level, especially by the poor, ethnic minorities and those living in hard-to-reach areas. Hence, it made a significant contribution to the achievement of the SDGs in Viet Nam.

Participant accessing e-Learning for health module