AbstractThe Vietnam newborn screening scheme was officially started in 2007 by The General Office of Population and Family Planing.
The objective was to raise community awareness and set up networks of newborn screening service all over the country. Screening tests were not covered by public insurance system; therefore, the scheme paid the screening G6PD deficiency and congenital hypothyroidism for the poor and remote area residents while local governments helped hospitals and health centers socialize the screening for other people.
Now all the provinces and cities in Vietnam have efficient network with four major screening centers based on OBGYN hospitals and a university. Thanks to the communication programs and supervision of the local population centers, the people know and actively join in the socialized newborn screening activities.
Current difficulties are the decline of government fund for the scheme and the incomprensive screening panel of G6PD, TSH and 17OH-P. Calling for the participation of private sectors, extending the screening panel, and upgrading the policy of screening and insurance are critical for the scheme development.