The Vietnam Health Ministry has approved an $80m healthcare project to improve community healthcare services for the poor and disadvantaged sectors of the population in its south-central coastal provinces.

The five-year project, funded largely by the Asian Development Bank, includes the construction of 26 new medical facilities, with 12 at district level, five at regional level and one provincial-level hospital.

It also includes a sanitarium-rehabilitation hospital, a traditional medicines hospital, a medical school and five preventive health centres.

The project is aimed at benefiting the Da Nang city and surrounding provinces.

It will also help to improve the management of healthcare services and develop the the professionalism of healthcare resources in the region.