Partnership with private sector

45,000 Vietnamese workers have access to reproductive health care services

With the "Business-to-Business Partnership" initiative between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, Marie Stopes International Vietnam and the Center for Reproductive Health in Viet Nam will contribute to raising awareness and increasing access to Reproductive health and family planning services for 45,000 female workers at Pou Yuen factory, a part of Pou Chen Group Vietnam.

On June 9, 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, the initiative "Healthcare Partnerships with Enterprises", aims to raise awareness and increase access to reproductive health and family planning services for 45,000 female workers of Pou Yuen factory, was officially started. Key parties in the initiative include the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia (DFAT), the Pouyuen factory of Pou Chen Vietnam and Marie Stopes International in Vietnam (MSV), and its strategic partner, Vietnam Community Reproductive Health (VNCRH).

Attending the opening ceremony were: Prof. Dr. Pham Le Tuan - Vice Minister of Health, Mr. Nguyen Minh Thao - Deputy General Director of Vietnam Social Insurance, Mr. Nguyen Van Tan - General Director of Vietnam General Department of Population and Family Planning; General Counsellor of Australia Embassy in Ho Chi Minh City, representatives of other departments in Ho Chi Minh City, international and local NGOs, and PouYuen factory workers' representatives.

Chief Representative of Marie Stopes Vietnam – Mrs. Nguyen Bich Hang – said: "This Health Partnership initiative is a great combination of strengths, strategic concerns and professional skills of government, Foreign and domestic governments, especially private enterprises with large scale production, are expected to create measurable value for our partners. I hope this initiative will be successful and opens the door for many other enterprises to understand more about the real economic benefits for businesses when they make social and environmental initiatives, because business and profit cannot be separated from the responsibility of making a better society"

Female workers excited with the new services for Reproductive Health in the factory

In this initiative, MSV worked closely with Pouyuen Company to establish a Bluestar corner that meets the Marie Stopes’ global standard for social franchisees. The Bluestar corner will provide high quality essential reproductive health and family planning services for female workers, combined with communication for awareness raising and demand generation. Service providers of the Pouyuen Company clinic will be trained in providing consultations, infection prevention, family planning service provision, service quality, and customer care to improve the quality of services in the company.

The establishment of the Bluestar corner at Pouyuen Company general clinic is anticipated to contribute to reducing the rate of female workers who hare absent from work in order to receive services outside of the factory, which will in turn increase productivity, reduce absence for medical reasons,  reduce spending for health care and reduce the time needed for receiving health services outside of the factory. It is estimated that about 45,000 of the almost 65,000 female workers of the factory will have access to quality reproductive health and family planning information and services inside of the company as a result of this initiative.

The “Business Partnership for Health” initiative, funded by the Australian Government, with match funding from Pouyuen Company, is one of the first programs under Australian Government’s Business Partnership Platform, which aims to establish a partnerships based on “shared values” with the private sector. Value sharing of  policies and practices aims to improve the competitive advantages while also improving the social and environmental conditions in place. It is an operational strategy focusing on creating quantifiable economic values through recognizing and addressing social issues that relate to the business.

Marie Stopes International Vietnam and Pou Chen Group has continuously partnered since 2006 in educational reproductive health service provision for female factory worker programs. These programs have gained remarkable achievements in improving health status and social welfare for female workers in 7 companies of Pou Chen Group in Vietnam. These successes have provided opportunities for both organizations in scaling up this partnership for sustainable impacts in this Health Partnership initiative. 

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