Tartu will be training 29 Vietnamese medical school faculty for the next three months.
Planned to arrive in March, the Vietnamese doctors will stay and shadow medical experts in Estonia for approximately three months, reported ERR radio.
The project "Improvement on Health Care Resource in Danang“ is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The aim is to increase science cooperation between the medical universities in Sweden, Norway, Poland, Estonia and Vietnam.
While Vietnam is one the faster-developing countries in Southeast Asia, its medical conditions continue to lag, University of Tartu officials say, reflecting the decades of strife but also dotted with modern hospitals and good-quality medical services. The patients in Vietnam usually pay out of pocket for medical care.
Fast development is forcing the medical system in Vietnam to keep up. University of Tartu's professor Sulev Kõks said the country lacks doctors and nurses and the international project aims to improve this.
“Vietnamese scientists have two types of interests. Foremost, practical schooling in medicine to improve training skills and the quality of local doctors. Secondly, they are interested in research cooperation. It is evident Estonia's developments in recent years show we are capable of top science work and this poses an interest to the Vietnamese,” said Kõks.
University of Tartu's clinic patients will see the Vietnamese doctors in action through early summer.