MOU Seeks to Improve Health Care for Vietnamese Community in South Korea

The Association of Vietnamese Communities in Korea is taking steps to provide improved health care services to its members.

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The Association of Vietnamese Communities in Korea (AVCK) and Wonkwang University Hospital recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in medical support for Vietnamese in Korea in the period of 2023-2025.

By collaborating together, AVCK and Wonkwang University Hospital aim to provide better medical support and care for the Vietnamese community residing in Korea. This partnership will facilitate access to quality healthcare services, ensuring the well-being and health of Vietnamese individuals in the country.

Through this Memorandum of Understanding, AVCK and Wonkwang University Hospital will work together to develop various initiatives and programs to address the healthcare needs of the Vietnamese community. This will include the establishment of specialized healthcare facilities, the implementation of health education and awareness campaigns, and the provision of medical resources and expertise.

The collaboration between AVCK and Wonkwang University Hospital signifies their commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for Vietnamese individuals in Korea. This partnership not only aims to enhance the healthcare services available but also seeks to strengthen the bond between the Vietnamese community and the host country.

Overall, the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding marks a significant step forward in ensuring the well-being and healthcare access of the Vietnamese community in Korea. With the combined efforts of AVCK and Wonkwang University Hospital, the medical support provided to Vietnamese individuals will be enhanced, ultimately contributing to their overall quality of life.

MoU Targets Better Health Care for Vietnamese community in RoK
At the signing ceremony. Source: KT

At the signing ceremony, Park Cheon Gwoen, representative of Wonkwang University Hospital, expressed that the recently signed MOU signifies a significant collaboration in healthcare for Vietnamese individuals in the Republic of Korea (RoK).

Mai Dieu Thuy, representative of the Vietnamese Embassy, expressed her congratulations on the collaboration between the two organizations in their shared objective of establishing a cooperative mechanism to effectively enhance medical assistance for Vietnamese nationals living in South Korea.

The embassy will support removing difficulties in the process of conducting activities between the two units, she added.

According to AVCK Vice President Le Nguyen Minh Phuong, this is the first project that the association has cooperated in the health sector to bring better health benefits to Vietnamese people. The agreement is hoped to mark a more comprehensive cooperation between the two sides, with the highest goal of ensuring support in the field of health, medical examination, and treatment for all Vietnamese living, studying, and working in the host country.

Seo Il Young, director of Wonkwang University Hospital, expressed his pleasure to accompany AVCK in implementing such meaningful activities. Through the cooperation program in the near future, it will contribute to improving comprehensive access to high-quality medical services for Vietnamese expatriates in Korea.

The AVCK and Wonkwang University Hospital are committed to providing active support and prioritizing all Vietnamese residing in Korea who experience a work accident. They will also assist in medical examination and treatment for Vietnamese people in Korea through the network of Wonkwang University Hospital and its affiliates.

In cases of urgent medical treatment or the need for medical assistance within the Vietnamese community, Wonkwang University Hospital is committed to actively supporting and coordinating with the AVCK’s community work department. Alongside an emergency center in the Southwest region, the hospital will also provide support through a helicopter emergency system specifically for Vietnamese residents.

MoU Targets Better Health Care for Vietnamese community in RoK
This is the first project that the Association of Vietnamese Communities in Korea cooperates in the medical field to bring better health benefits to Vietnamese people. Photo: KT

Vietnam is aiming to send 10,000 workers to South Korea in 2023. So far this year, 3,600 laborers have already been sent to the East Asian country through the Employment Permit System (EPS) program.

Last year, Vietnam sent approximately 9,000 workers to the Republic of Korea (RoK) as part of the Employment Permit System (EPS) program. This number accounted for a significant portion of the 70,000 workers from 16 selected countries who participated in the program.

Also, the RoK’s largest telecom company, KT, will work with Dong-A ST, a Korean pharmaceutical company, to develop a Vietnamese language-based medical information platform, KT announced on June 14. This collaboration aims to provide Vietnamese medical workers with access to the latest medical technology and knowledge from the RoK. Dong-A ST will create new medical education content specifically tailored for Vietnamese medical workers to help them learn about the RoK’s advancements in medical technology. With this partnership, the two companies hope to enhance healthcare services in Vietnam and contribute to the development of the country’s healthcare system.

Through the new platform called “Mediflix” set to be released in July, Vietnamese users can watch replays of offline seminars, attend online lectures, and receive advice from instructors. Additionally, KT is also considering hosting joint seminars with Vietnamese hospitals using the platform. This innovative platform provides users with the opportunity to access valuable educational content and interact with experts in the field. By utilizing Mediflix, Vietnamese healthcare professionals and students can enhance their knowledge and skills in a more convenient and accessible way.

The telecom company has formed an advisory group consisting of medical staff from five Korean hospitals. The group will be responsible for creating curriculums, producing lectures, and distributing content related to the field of medicine.

Hannah Nguyen