Being implemented from 2006 to June 2012, the project aims to improve health services in the Mekong region and to enhance access to and coverage of these services, especially for the poor and near poor. The project blends support for demand for health care services among the poor and near poor with outlays that address supply-side opportunities and needs while building physical and human resource capacity. Thanks to the project, in 2011, over 50 percent of the near poor in project locations have health insurance, compared to less than 8 percent in 2006. The hospitalization and consultation rate in public facilities for the poor increased to almost 50 percent in 2011 from 20 percent in 2008. More than 80 percent of patients are now satisfied with overall treatment and the condition of facilities. Funded with $70 million from IDA, the project was implemented in 13 provinces in the Mekong region, namely Can Tho, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ben Tre, Ca Mau, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Long An, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, and Soc Trang.
The ODTA team is using the Georesults visualization tool to display images, videos and results stories of the project as the activities are taking place. Georesults helps to enhance transparency in project activities as it allows stakeholders and other interested parties to explore a project from a local perspective. This online space features an interactive map and a photo set with the before and after pictures of different project locations.
The Georesults site for the Vietnam Mekong Regional Health Support Project: http://maps.worldbank.org/content/georesults#project=P079663