Perinatal health in Vietnam - Inauguration of the PeriKIP project


On September 28th 2015 the PeriKIP (Perinatal health – Knowledge Into Practice) project was inaugurated in Cao Bang province in northern Vietnam. The project aims to investigate the effect of facilitated participatory groups on perinatal health in northern Vietnam. Participants at the inauguration included stakeholders from different levels of the health system and information about the project has been spread in local media. The intervention will start November 1st..


The past 20 years have witnessed major improvements in child survival, but the annual burden of 2.9 million newborn deaths and 2.7 million stillbirths remains a challenge. Recently, a community-based intervention in Vietnam (NeoKIP), tested the effect of local stakeholder groups applying a problem solving cycle focusing on maternal and newborn health supported by a facilitator. The intervention resulted in reducing newborn mortality by half. The stakeholder groups consisted of local politicians, community leaders, women union representatives and health workers from the primary health care level.

Similar to other community-based initiatives, the research groups behind the NeoKIP identified the need to implement processes aimed to improve quality of care also at higher levels of the health system.

The Perinatal Knowledge Into Practice (PeriKIP) project

This project thus responds to the need of a community and health facility intervention with the potential of health system integration for sustained effects. This project aims to investigate the feasibility of implementing facilitated local stakeholder groups applying the same methodology as that previously tested but implementing it on commune, district and provincial level. This project will also study the association between health system context and successful implementation of the intervention using the newly developed Context Assessment for Community Health (COACH) tool that measures aspects of context that could be intervened upon to enhance health system strengthening. The project also aims to carefully investigate the implementation through applying process evaluation. The project will collect data on pregnancies and their outcomes as well as level of knowledge and skills amongst health workers involved in maternal and newborn care. The PeriKIP project is a collaborative project between the Reproductive Health Center in Cao Bang province, the Research Institute for Child Health in Hanoi, Uppsala University, Dalarna University and University College London.

Inauguration at province level. Amongst the participants were representatives from the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, stakeholders at provincial and district level and representatives from the research groups: Dinh Phuong Hoa, Tran Thanh Tu and Nga Nguyen from the Research Institute for Child Health and Leif Eriksson (Uppsala University) and Anna Bergström (Uppsala University/University College London).