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World Population Day 2014 - Investing in our youth is an investment in our future

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World Population Day in Nha TrangHa Noi, 10 July 2014 – On 11 July, as communities everywhere observe World Population Day, UNFPA calls for investments in support of the largest-ever generation of young people.

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Investment in midwifery can save millions of lives of women and newborns, New Report Shows

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HA NOI, 2 July 2014 – The State of the World's Midwifery 2014: "A Universal Pathway. A Woman's Right to Heath" launched today in Ha Noi by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Viet Nam, together with the Ministry of Health (MOH), reveals that having midwives at the bedside of each pregnant woman in the world can save millions of lives. However, still major shortages in the midwifery workforce in 73 countries surveyed for this report, including Viet Nam, exist; countries where these services are most desperately needed. The report recommends new strategies to address these deficits and save millions of lives of women and newborns.

The 73 African, Asian and Latin American countries represented in the report account for 96 per cent of the global burden of maternal deaths, 91 per cent of stillbirths and 93 per cent of newborn deaths, but have only 42 per cent of the world's midwives, nurses and doctors. The report urges countries to invest in midwifery education and training to contribute to closing the glaring gaps that exist. Investments in midwifery education and training at agreed international standards can yield – as a study from Bangladesh shows – a 16 fold return on investment.

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Workshops on intellectual property, public health and local pharmaceutical production held in Viet Nam

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unido workshopHa Noi, 27 June 2014 – Three workshops on intellectual property, public health and local pharmaceutical production were held in Viet Nam in the course of the last two weeks.

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UNIDO – FIA Workshop on fiscal incentives and enterprise performance

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UNIDO FIAHa Noi, 26 June 2014 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Foreign Investment Agency under Viet Nam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment, today held a workshop in Hanoi where key findings of their joint empirical research on the link between enterprise performance and fiscal investment incentives were presented.

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