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Greeting Letter

Ladies and Gentlemen, Delegates and Colleagues.

Vietnam and Japan are two countries with a long-term relationship, a natural connection between the two countries in the Asia-Pacific region, and the two nations have many similarities. This cohesion is considered a historical characteristic. Japan is one of the earliest countries to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam. Since the two countries established the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for Asia's Peace and Prosperity, the relationship between the two countries has been continuously consolidated and developed in many fields. On the journey of more than 35 years of the Renewal and 50 years since the two countries established diplomatic relations (September 21, 1973 - September 21, 2023), Japan has always supported and accompanied Vietnam in its progress in the Socio-economic development program and is Vietnam's leading official development aid (ODA) provider.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, towards the 50th anniversary of Vietnam - Japan diplomatic relations, I would like to announce that Bach Mai Hospital in collaboration with the Medical Excellence Japan (MEJ) and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) organized the 2nd MEV -MEJ forum meeting on the prevention of non-communicable diseases on June 27th, 2023 at the Hospital. The conference aims to promote cooperation, tighten the friendship between the two countries, and strengthen cooperation in the health sector.

Regarding the health sector, Japan has provided great support in promoting the capacity of the nationwide medical treatment, and prevention system. Vietnam's key hospitals such as Bach Mai Hospital, Hue Central Hospital, Cho Ray Hospital, and many provincial hospitals have received valuable support from the Government and people of Japan through the ODA non-refundable grants for the construction and improvement of facilities as well as the Technical Cooperation Project to strengthen the capacity of medical staff. Bach Mai Hospital received support from the Japanese government through 3 Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects: “Upgrading Bach Mai Hospital” (1998-2000) with a total value of 6,038 billion Japanese Yen including a 6-floors treatment building, a 4-floors technical building, a mechanical area, equipped with medical equipment and trained staff on building management and operation in Japan. This building is considered a symbol of Vietnam - Japan medical cooperation, which is familiar with the Vietnamese people as "Vietnam - Japan Hospital"; The project "Strengthening Bach Mai Hospital's capacity" (2000-2005) to improve the quality of medical care, strengthening the capacity of Bach Mai Hospital, thereby improving the quality of healthcare services to the northern provinces through training activities, technology transfer, etc.

At the same time, the project supported the construction of a 3-storey Training Center building with a total area of nearly 2,000m2. Nowadays, the building is a training place not only for the staff of Bach Mai Hospital but also for the staff of the northern provincial hospitals. The project has been highly appreciated by Japan and Vietnam, with great and practical effects; Project “Strengthening the Training Capacity of Bach Mai Hospital for provincial hospitals” (2005-2010) with the aim of professional development for provincial hospitals, focuses on areas such as emergency resuscitation, pediatrics, comprehensive care, infection control, and other areas through a new training model. In addition, the Government of Japan continued to support the Project: "Project for Improvement of the Quality of Human Resources in Medical Services System" held by the Ministry of Health, and implemented by 03 Hospitals: Bach Mai, Hue Central, and Cho Ray. The content of the project is to build continuous training programs for medical staff in 9 essential areas: Nursing management, Infection control, Hospital quality management, Patient safety, etc., and organize training courses for thousands of medical staff to attend nationwide, thereby enhancing the quality of human resources of the 3 key hospitals, and improving the quality of medical services in Vietnam. Through the above projects, many Japanese experts and volunteers came to Vietnam to provide technical and professional support and sent Vietnamese medical staff to study and exchange experiences in Japan to improve the quality of human resources for health facilities in Vietnam. After being trained in Japan, most of the trainees have become leading experts in the hospital's expertise and management. Up to now, the projects have been effectively implemented by Bach Mai Hospital through the healthcare direction network, thereby spreading to the whole system of satellite and lower-level hospitals, contributing to improving the quality of healthcare in Vietnam. In particular, with the support of Japan and other international organizations in the prevention of epidemics such as the 2003 SARS, H5N1, H1N1, etc., and recently the COVID-19 pandemic… Vietnam has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the first country in the world to successfully control the SARS epidemic.

With the valuable support of Japan, Vietnam's healthcare system has made strong progress and is constantly developing, contributing to improving the quality of care and protecting the people's health in the new era as well as adapting to it. There is a timely response to newly emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in recent times.

Over 112 years of establishment and development, Bach Mai Hospital has built the trust of people from all walks of life as a leading special-class hospital in Vietnam with a scale of 3,600 beds; 57 faculties with high-quality human resources, home to many leading experts in the country, and 1 medical college

The hospital is a center for training medical human resources for the whole country and researching, applying, and updating advanced and modern techniques in the world, including many advanced techniques from Japan to Vietnam, which have then been were transferred to medical facilities throughout the country

The program with the participation of leading experts from Japan and Vietnam focuses on outstanding issues of challenges, control strategies, and management of non-communicable diseases as well as areas of advantage of the hospital such as Cardiovascular, Stroke, Diabetes, Respiratory are presented in various forms. At this scientific conference, we will be introduced to the achievements of cooperation between Bach Mai Hospital and Japanese partners over the years. This is also one of the practical activities towards the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam - Japan diplomatic relations.

Hopefully, the seminar will bring useful information to the delegates and also as a forum to share knowledge and share valuable experiences of medical professionals in the country.

I would like to thank the attendance and companionship of the lecturers, scientists, Japanese and Vietnamese colleagues. Thank you to the agencies sponsoring the conference.

We wish the Conference a great success.


7:30 - 9:00 9:00 - 10:35 10:35 - 12:00 12:00 - 13:30 13:30 - 16:15 16:15 - 16:45
Conference Hall Opening of the 2nd MEV-MEJ Forum meeting Plenary session 1: Current status and challenges of non-communicable diseases Plenary Session 2: Control and management strategies of NCD Satellite seminars 2 - Luncheons: Cutting edge technology
(Fujifilm, Alcopha, mediVR, Sumitomo Heavy Industries)
Paralell 2: Stroke Plenary Session 3: Way Forward for Vietnam-Japan Collaboration for NCD Prevention and Control
Dang Van Chung Conference Hall Satellite seminars 1 - Luncheons: Diagnosiss support
(Olympus, Konica Minolta, Daiichi-Sankyo, Systembit, Excel Creates)
Paralell 1: Cardiovascular diseases
Hall 501 Satellite seminars 3 - Luncheons: Patient support
(Wizwe, IIMS-VNM, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Zeria Pharmaceutical)
Paralell 3: Diabetes - Obesity - Nutrition
International Conference Hall Paralell 4: COPD and Asthma


Assoc. Prof. To Huy Rua, PhD

President of Vietnam - Japan Friendship Association


Mrs Dao Hong Lan

Minister of Health

Assoc. Prof. Do Xuan Tuyen, PhD

Permanent Deputy Minister of Health

Prof. Tran Van Thuan, MD, PhD

Deputy Minister of Health

Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Thi Lien Huong, MD, PhD

Deputy Minister of Health

Assoc. Prof. Luong Ngoc Khue, MD, PhD

Director, Department of medical service administration, Vietnamese Minstry of Health

Đang Quang Tan, MD, PhD

Director, Department of International Cooperation, Vietnamese Ministry of Health

Prof. Phan Trong Lan, MD, PhD

Director Department of Prevention Medicine, Vietnamese Ministry of Health

Hoang Minh Duc, MD, PhD

Deputy Director, Department of Preventive Medicine, Viet Nam Ministry of Health


Assoc. Prof. Dao Xuan Co, MD, PhD

Director of Bach Mai Hospital

Assoc. Prof. Vu Van Giap, MD, PhD

Director of Hanoi Medical University Hospital

Tokuaki Shobayashi, MD.

Policy Advisor to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health

Minoru Akiyama , MD, PhD

Executive Director of MEJ

Hiroki Nakatani, MD, PhD

Senior Advisor to the President of ERIA

Prof. Hiroyasu Iso, MD, PhD

Director, Institute for Global Health Policy Research, Bureau of International Health Cooperation, National Center for Global Health and Medicine

Dr Masayuki Hojo

Head, Respiratory Medicine Department, National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM)

Hiroshi Kajio, MD, PhD

Head of Department of Diabetes, Endocrinolgy and Metabolism, National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM)

Shinsuke Muto, PhD.

President, Integrity Healthcare Co.,Ltd

Mr. Kenji Shinkai

Manager, International Support for Food and Nutrition (AIN)
Vietnam Nutrition-system Establishment Project (VINEP)
Public Interest Incorporated Ajinomoto Foundation

Dr. Kazunori Toyoda

Hospital Deputy Director
Head of the Department of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
National Heart and Brain Center

Prof. Tran Diep Tuan, MD, PhD

President of University of Medicine and Pharmacy at HCMC

Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Lan Hieu, MD, PhD

Director of Hanoi Medical University Hospital

Assoc. Prof. Pham Manh Hung, MD, PhD

Director of Cardiology Institute, Bach Mai Hospital

Assoc. Prof. Phan Thu Phuong, MD, PhD

Director, Respiratory Center, Bach Mai Hospital

Le Quang Toan , MD, PhD

Head, Diabetes Department, National Hospital of Endocrinology

Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Van Chi, MD, PhD

A9 Emergency Center, Bach Mai Hospital

Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Do Huy, MD, PhD

National Nutrition Institute

Prof. Truong Quang Binh, MD, PhD

University of Medicine and Pharmacy HCMC

Hoang Viet Anh, MD, PhD

Deputy Director, Training and Direction of Healthcare Activities Center, Bach Mai Hospital

Le Khac Bao, MD, PhD

Director of Medical Education Center - University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Ho Chi Minh City
Deputy Head of Respiratory Department, Gia Dinh People's Hospital

Tran Quoc Bao, MD, PhD

Head, Division of Non-Communicable Diseases Control, General Department of Preventive Medicine, Ministry of Health, Vietnam

Assoc. Prof. Vu Thi Thanh Huyen, MD, PhD

Head, Endocrinology - Rheumatology Department, National Geriatric Hospital

Bui Van Khanh, MD, PhD

Allergology and Clinical Immunology Center, Bach Mai Hospital

Vo Hong Khoi , MD, PhD

Deputy Head of Department of Neurology - Hanoi Medical University
Head of Department of Internal Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam National University, Hanoi

Doan Phuong Lan, MD, PhD

Vice President of Hanoi Respiratory Association

Prof. Do Doan Loi, MD, PhD

Cardiology Institute, Bach Mai Hospital

Assoc. Prof. Vu Dang Luu, MD, PhD

Director of Radiology Center, Bach Mai Hospital

Prof. Huynh Van Minh, MD, PhD

Hue Medical University

Nguyen Thanh Nam, MD, PhD

Director of the Pediatric Center, Bach Mai Hospital.

Doan Viet Phuong, MD, PhD

Deputy Head, Department of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hanoi National University

Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Ngoc Quang, MD, PhD

Deputy Director, Vietnam National Heart Institute, Bach Mai Hospital

Bui Phuong Thao, MD, PhD

Deputy Head, the Endocrinology and Diabetes Department
Internal Medicine Faculty, Hanoi Medical University

Nghiem Nguyet Thu, MD, PhD

Director of Clinical Nutrition Center, Bach Mai Hospital

Le Van Tuan, MD, PhD

Head of the Department of Neurology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City
Deputy Dean of the Department of Neurology, Cho Ray Hospital
General Secretary of the Vietnam Neurological Association

Nguyen Thi Thanh Van, MD, PhD

Head, Epilepsy and Children's neurology department, Center of Neurology - Bach Mai hospital


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