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Training unskilled midwives in mountainous villages: Improving maternal health in mountainous regions

On March 16th, 49 local midwife trainees finished an 18-month course held by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Ministry of Health and Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Forty-nine trainees will return to their mountainous villages to take part in communication, health education activities, provide prenatal, birth and post-birth care, as well as identify and assist mothers at high risk. The pilot model of training midwives in mountainous villages, funded by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has been implemented in three provinces of Ha Giang, Ninh Thuan, and Kon Tum. UNFPA Deputy Head Urmila Singh has proposed that other activities be launched after the pilot programme. “We encourage the Ministry of Health to consider assessing the effectiveness of the intervention model and expand it to other mountainous provinces,” she said. According to Singh, commitments and support from government agencies at all levels, the health system and community are needed to effectively use the recently graduated trainees. The Health Departments’ decision and political commitment to employ those trainees also means funds are required from the provincial budget to pay monthly allowance for the trainees.
(Gia Dinh & Xa Hoi p6 - Family & Society)

ILO Country Director honored for commmitment to business and development in Viet Nam

Rie Vejs-KjeldgaardWomen behind Viet Nam’s economic success story

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) honored a number of women on 6 March 2010 for their work in the field of enterprise development in Viet Nam. Mr Vu Tien Loc, President of the VCCI, awarded medals “for the business development” to exceptional women entrepreneurs and to three distinguished individuals who have played a key role in business development in Viet Nam and are therefore helping to make Viet Nam one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Ms Rie Vejs-Kjeldgaard, Country Director of the International Labour Organization Viet Nam, was awarded the Medal for Enterprise Development to acknowledge her personal commitment and ILO’s contributions to development through business in Viet Nam.


UN RC hosts media for breakfast

With Tet just around the corner, the UN Resident Coordinator (UN RC) John Hendra hosted a meeting and breakfast with the media on Monday February 1 at the UNDP Conference Room.

Around 30 journalists attended the meeting, including many from international media agencies, and the event provided a good opportunity for journalists to ask John questions about important issues in Viet Nam in 2010.

The UN RC made a brief statement highlighting five important areas for the post-economic stimulus period in Viet Nam:

  • enhancing the overall competitiveness of the economy;
  • generating more jobs;
  • addressing the increasing inequality;
  • ensuring sustainable development; and
  • increasing transparency through public administration and legal reforms.

He then answered a variety of questions from the media on a wide range of issues, including human rights and gender inequality. After the breakfast, the UN RC also held one-on-one interviews with both international and national media.

The meeting was covered on the evening of the same day on the main channel of the national TV broadcaster and the following days in major newswires and print, including AFP and Tuoi Tre (Youth).

Please see the links below for some articles from the press concerning the event, together with translated English  summaries.

UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen: Disappointment or Opportunity?

Newspaper: Vietnam Investment Review
Published: 25 January, 2010
Theme: Climate Change
Title: The UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen
Disappointment or Opportunity? And What Should Viet Nam Do Next?
John Hendra (UN Resident Coordinator), January 2010


WHO to review its handling of H1N1 flu pandemic

Newspaper: Thanh Nhien Daily (Youn People) Newspaper
Published: 2010-12-01
Theme: H1N1 Flu Pandemic
Summary: The WHO is to examine its handling of the H1N1 pandemic, the group said Tuesday, after accusations by some politicians that it exaggerated the dangers of the virus under pressure from drug companies.


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1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right.


Community spaces design contest for an exciting hanoi

Ha Noi, October 17/10/2017 - Aiming at improving the living environment and bringing culture and art to the community towards a better urban future, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) successfully developed the project “Promote participatory, community-based and youth-led approach in safe, greening public spaces in Hoan Kiem district toward a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable urban development” (hereinafter called Public Spaces project) under the Block by Block program with Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft.


Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


New Year Greetings from the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December


Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.

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