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Early Moments Matter for Every Child,

Date added: 09/22/2017
Downloads: 4130
Early Moments Matter for Every Child,

Early Moments Matter for Every Child, UNICEF’s new global report on early childhood development, shows that the period from conception to the start of school opens a critical and singular window of opportunity to shape the development of a child’s brain.

The rapid brain growth that happens during this period of life is astounding. At this time, brain connections form at an unrepeated speed, giving shape and depth to children’s cognitive, emotional and social development – influencing their capacity to learn, to solve problems and to relate to others. This, in turn, has a significant impact on their adult lives, affecting their ability to earn a living and contribute to their societies . . . even their future happiness.

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Creating a protective environment for children in Viet Nam

Date added: 11/02/2009
Downloads: 10948
Creating a protective environment for children in Viet Nam
An assessment of child protection laws and policies, especially children in special circumstances in Viet Nam

Protection, care and education of children are one of the best traditional practices of Vietnam. That tradition has been protected, respected and promoted. The attention and care of children are more evident since Vietnam has signed the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990; which is a strong commitment of the Government of Socialist Republic of Vietnam regarding of protection, care and education of children, ensuring all children are subject to equal treatment and best conditions for full potential development and a safe and healthy living environment so that all children are entitled to basic rights and fulfil their obligations.

Vietnam has been developing and improving its legislation in general as well as child care and protection legislation and policy. Vietnam’s legislation has reflected international standards and harmonious adoption of them in Vietnam’s specific context. This is the legal framework to ensure the exercise of child rights. However, in accompanied with rapidly increasing and diversified social relationships in child protection, the legal regulations in child protection need continuously review assessment and revision to accommodate Vietnam context as well as international legislations.

Citizen report card on the birth registration services in Lao Cai province

Date added: 11/10/2015
Downloads: 7268
Citizen report card on the birth registration services in Lao Cai province

Within the framework of the cooperation program 2012 - 2016 between Lao Cai People’s Committee and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the survey of people satisfaction of birth registration service in communes with tough conditions in Lao Cai province was implemented and completed in May 2015.

This report was implemented with technical assistance of specialists from Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) including Mr. Hoang Van Cuong (team leader) and other team members: Mr.Tran Trung Hieu, Mr. Pham Phu Minh, Ms. Be Thu Trang and Ms. Le Mai Anh.

The report was completed with close cooperation of the Department of Planning and Investment (Childfriendly Project Management Unit), Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and Department of Justice in Lao Cai. Besides, the report received the cooperation of relevant organizations in Bac Ha district, Sapa district, Si Ma Cai district and Muong Khuong and 06 communes, including: Lau Thi Ngai (Bac Ha district), Ta Phan (Sa Pa district), San Chai and Can Chau (Si Ma Cai district), La Pan Tan and Cao Son (Muong Khuong district).

The process of carrying the survey and the report out was consulted by specialists from Departments and Industries in Lao Cai (Department of Planning and Investment, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, General Statistics Office (GSO), staff from GSO and Department of Justice in 04 districts in the research area: Bac Ha district, Sa Pa district, Si Ma Cai district and Muong Khuong districts); staff and specialists of Project Management of the Central Child Friendly Project (Service of Labor, culture, society – Ministry of Planning and Investment) and other specialized staff of UNICEF Viet Nam.

UNICEF and Lao Cai Child-Friendly Project would like to express our gratitude to all organizations and individuals contributing to the report!

Citizen report card on Public Health Services at Commune Level in Dien Bien Province

Date added: 07/15/2014
Downloads: 10009
Citizen report card on Public Health Services at Commune Level in Dien Bien Province

The Health Department of Dien Bien province, with financial and technical support from UNICEF, has undertaken a survey on customer satisfaction to communal public health services using Citizen Report Card (CRC) tool in 6 communes of 3 districts covering Thanh Yen and Noong Luong (Dien Bien district); Chieng So and Keo Lom (Dien Bien Dong district); Nam Ke and Quang Lam (Muong Nhe district). 

Surveying service users’ feedback and satisfaction levels of the health services provided at commune level and using CRC in Dien Bien aims at 2 specific objectives:

  • To collect feedback on service quality and user satisfaction levels with the communal health services including: (1) Antenatal care, (2) Medical check-up, (3) Vaccination, (4) Maternal and child healthcare during and after birth (5) Communication.
  • To provide specific recommendations for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the 5-year provincial socio-economic development plan and health plan against objectives and targets as well as suggestions to improve the quality of health services at commune level.

This research collects users’ feedback and evaluates users’ satisfaction for 05 healthcare services provided by CHS (Commune Health Clinics) on 7 aspects including:

  1. Availability of the services;
  2. Accessibility to the services;
  3. Use of the services;
  4. Quality of the services;
  5. Users’ satisfaction;
  6. Problems encountered by users of the services;
  7. Recommendations for improvements.

This is a sociological survey with the participation of the people who used 5 services, using quantitative, cross and descriptive statistical method. Respondents were 300 mothers with small children (these were the users of 4 services including pregancy check-up and conselling, MCHC during and after the labor, vacinnation and communication) and 300 users of diagnostic and treatment services at CHS (including 188 mothers repeated from the first group, 34 women and 78 men).

Children in Viet Nam: who and where are the poor?

Date added: 12/04/2009
Downloads: 17900
Children in Viet Nam: who and where are the poor?

The development and application of a multidimensional approach to child poverty

In the context of the Country Programme of Cooperation between the Government of Viet Nam and UNICEF 2006-2010, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has coordinated the process of developing a new approach to child poverty for Viet Nam. Among the key outputs of this ongoing process are the child poverty rate and child poverty index presented in the present report.

The present report was prepared by Dr. Chris de Neubourgh, Dr. Franciska Gassman, and Keetie Roelen of the Graduate School of Governance, University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. It is the result of a multi-year process, involving extensive technical consultations and inputs from all relevant ministries including the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Committee for Ethnic Minorities.

The General Statistics Office, the Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs, and UNICEF Viet Nam provided significant technical expertise throughout the process. UNICEF provided financial support to the process, including from funds made available under the One UN Plan Fund mechanism.

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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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