Investing in research and development (R&D) and introducing innovative solutions that suit Vietnam’s disease patterns and ensuring that patients have better access to essential medicines and vaccines have been part of GSK’s tireless efforts in Vietnam. Dan Millard, Chief representative of GSK Pte. in Vietnam, talked to VIR’s Hoang Anh about GSK’s 25-year journey of accompanying Vietnamese healthcare professionals in the prevention and treatment of diseases in Vietnam, helping Vietnamese people to do more, feel better, and live longer.
|GSK supporting Vietnamese healthcare for 25 years|
How do you see GSK’s role and mission to improve quality for Vietnamese people over the past 25 years?
We are honoured to be part of Vietnam’s healthcare sector and to have contributed to the industry’s development in the past 25 years. We are proud to be a trusted partner of the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, embassies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), medical associations, healthcare professionals, and strategic partners, working together towards the ultimate goal of providing comprehensive healthcare from prevention to treatment.
Accordingly, GSK has been investing intensively in new global R&D approaches focused on the immune system, genetic use, and advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, to accelerate the process of medicine discovery. In addition, we promote sustainable business growth through a diverse product pipeline to ensure patients can access our medications and vaccines whenever they need them.
On this special occasion, we would like to extended our heartfelt thanks to the MoH, embassies, NGOs, medical associations, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, doctors and pharmacists nationwide, and our partners for being trustworthy companions on our journey to bring a better life to Vietnamese people, helping them to do more, feel better and live longer.
Which factors should a -based healthcare multinational corporation focus on to reinforce its value in the local community?
Building trust matters the most. At GSK, values always lead all activities and decisions where patients are focused, respecting people, transparency, and integrity. We build trust based on scientific research and by developing quality medicines and vaccines for everyone, as well as ensuring a reliable supply of medicines and vaccines with strong commitment to quality and safety. It’s the way we work with our partners that shows our responsibility in addressing global health challenges and improving access to medicines and vaccines that demonstrate our values in every country where we operate.
Globally, GSK and Save the Children have launched a five-year partnership to the most vulnerable children of the world In Vietnam, GSK and Save the Children have implemented a healthcare project for mothers and newborns of ethnic minorities in region, which aimed at training health workers, improving newborn care units, and establishing Kangaroo Mother Care Units at the localities to improve access to motherandnewborn healthcare services at grass-roots level medical stations. The project also focused on educating and raising public awareness on motherandnewborn healthcare, thus boosting the for local healthcare services and increasing access to basic .
Other major projects of GSK include the Healthcare Innovation Award worth $400,000 given to PATH Vietnam for its digital immunisation registry system that supports the Ministry of Health’s National Immunisation Management System deployment; offering preventive healthcare to GSK’s employees and their family as we believe our mission starts from the inside by taking care of employees and their families’ health and well-being; and organising volunteer programmes that enable GSK’s employees to utilise their expertise in social activities that benefit the community, and to come up with initiatives that help the vulnerable access fundamental healthcare services.
By Hoang Anh
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