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Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Health insurance in Viet Nam towards universal coverage: The case of the workers of informal sector

Date added: 12/08/2015
Downloads: 3106
Health insurance in Viet Nam towards universal coverage: The case of the workers of informal sector

The 2008 Law on Health Insurance targets comprehensive health insurance coverage by 2014. In 2009, health insurance was expanded to 58.4% of the population, demonstrating the efforts of the Government to expand the provision of health care. However, extending the coverage of health insurance to the remaining 41.6% of the population, or 35.7 million people, is a challenging task. First of all, even those individuals whose participation is subsidized appear reluctant to join the scheme. Secondly, those who are not insured predominantly work in the informal sector and are hard to track. Understanding and eliminating the obstacles that explain the unwillingness to participate in health insurance should therefore be part of any strategy to improve health insurance coverage. Understanding these obstacles is at the heart of this brief, and the study which underpins it, which focuses on workers in the informal sector and their family members.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNICEF Publications

Citizen Report Card on Public Health Service at Commune Level - Kon Tum City

Date added: 06/15/2015
Downloads: 4955
 Citizen Report Card on Public Health Service at Commune Level - Kon Tum City

With a view to implementing the Comprehensive Program on State Administrative Reform – Period 2011-2020, Kon Tum Provincial People's Committee (PPC) has given the direction to step up on administrative reform in the province. On July 23rd, 2012, the PPC promulgated Decision 673/QD-UBND on the Plan of State Administrative Reform for Kon Tum province – period 2011-2015 whose objectives were specified as "c) Enhancing the quality and efficiency of the single window mechanism..., increasing the level of satisfaction of individuals and organizations with the services provided by state administrative bodies to 65% by 2013 and to 80% by 2015". On August 30th, 2013, the PPC issued Decision 635/QD-UBND on amending and supplementing part of the Plan of State Administrative Reform for Kon Tum province to accompany Decision 673/QD-UBND, where the former specified at Clause 1.f that "the Provincial Department of Home Affairs shall take the lead and cooperate with relevant agencies to advise and make recommendation to the PPC and the Chairperson of the PPC on commissioning an assessment of the level of satisfaction of the general public with the services provided by administrative bodies and by public service delivery units in the fields of healthcare and education"

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

Date added: 07/15/2014
Downloads: 6523
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).

Category: UN Publications by Agency/IOM Publications

Sex Work and Mobility from A Gender Perspective: Findings from Three Cities in Viet Nam

Date added: 03/01/2012
Downloads: 5522
Sex Work and Mobility from A Gender Perspective: Findings from Three Cities in Viet Nam

 

This research aims to fill this current gap in knowledge about gender differences concerning the mobility of sex workers by: generating a better understanding of the role played by gender in the decision of sex workers to migrate, and the ways migration and gender affect entry into sex work; examining the reasons for, patterns of and vulnerabilities resulting from the mobility of sex workers (both mobile migrant sex workers and mobile non-migrant sex workers) with a gender perspective; and informing the design of policies and support programmes with specific recommendations.

This research was commissioned by the Department of Social Evils Prevention (DSEP), the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) with technical assistance from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) within the framework of the Spanish MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F) and the United Nations–Government of Viet Nam Joint Programme on Gender Equality (JPGE).

Health care for migrants in Vietnam: Situation and Solutions

Date added: 08/01/2013
Downloads: 4848
Health care for migrants in Vietnam: Situation and Solutions

To bring together the different sectors of the Government and other key stakeholders to address migration health issues and concerns, IOM and the Health Strategy and Policy Institute (HSPI) of MoH organized a workshop entitled "Health care for migrants in Viet Nam – Situations and Solutions". The workshop was held on 24 May 2013 in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

The objectives of the workshop were: to draw attention toand discuss gaps in health issues, health care needs and the related regulatory and policy frameworks of international and internal migrants in Viet Nam; to share experiences and good practices among policymakers and other stakeholders exploring existing policies and initiatives that have proven to be successful in addressing migrants' health issues; to highlight the importance of the Migrants' Health Resolution of the WHA; and to draft a set of priorities for future action for the Government and other stakeholders to address migrants' health issues in response to the Migrants' Health Resolution.

Resolution on the "Health of Migrants" in Vietnam Discussion Paper

Date added: 08/18/2013
Downloads: 5479
Resolution on the "Health of Migrants" in Vietnam Discussion Paper

This issue paper was drafted based on prior activities implemented jointly by the Ministry of Health and the International Organization for Migration related to the resolution on the "Health of migrants," which was endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2008.

In the report, advancements towards the Resolution on the "Health of Migrants" are reviewed based on the nine principles and recommendations of the resolution. The paper uses the four 'pillars' of migrant health that were finalised through the 2010 Global Consultation on Migrant Health organised by the European Union, the International Organization for Migration and the World Health Organization and which consolidated the resolution principles. It is intended to identify why migrant health requires targeted approaches and the fundamental principles of public health approaches.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNICEF Publications

General Nutrition Survey 2009 - 2010

Date added: 07/10/2013
Downloads: 9075
General Nutrition Survey 2009 - 2010

The first General Nutrition Survey was conducted between 1981-1985. Further surveys were carried out in 1987-1989 and in 2000. This fourth, and most recent General Survey, was conducted in 2009-2010.

In addition to the aforementioned general surveys, additional data have been collected in the following surveys: Epidemiological survey of vitamin A deficiency and exophthalmia (1985), Survey on maternal and child nutritional status and exophthalmia (1994), National survey of nutritional anemia (1995 and 2000), Assessing the PEM project (2004), and the General survey of overweight and obesity in adults (2005).

The 4th General Survey was conducted to evaluate the 2001-2010 National Nutrition Strategy goals, as well as to provide scientific evidence of trends in food consumption and nutrition status for the National Nutrition Strategy for 2011-2020, with a vision toward 2030.

In addition, data from the General Survey are also useful for nutrition research in national institutions and universities.

The National Institute of Nutrition worked closely in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Department of Science and Training, Department of Preventive Medicine, Department of Maternal and Child Health, and Vietnam Food Administration to successfully conduct the survey.

We also gratefully acknowledge technical guidance from General Statistic Office and UNICEF Hanoi.

Special thanks are also due to the Department of Health and Preventive Medicine Centers in all provinces and cities, as well as local health care workers and households for their active participation.

We are delighted to present the findings of the comprehensive report on the General Nutrition Survey for 2009-2010.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNFPA Publications

Factsheet on People with Disabilities in Viet Nam

Date added: 12/04/2012
Downloads: 9382
Factsheet on People with Disabilities in Viet Nam

 

This factsheet presents key highlights of the current situation, trends and characteristics of people with disabilities in Viet Nam, based on the most recent Population and Housing Census (2009).

It also summarizes policy implications and includes recommendations for appropriate strategies and programmes to reduce the vulnerability and improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in Viet Nam.

 

Advocacy Brief on MDG5b

Date added: 12/04/2012
Downloads: 9365
Advocacy Brief on MDG5b

This set of advocacy briefs was developed by UNFPA to raise public awareness and political commitment of stakeholders to improve universal access to sexual reproductive health and speed up progress towards achieving the targets of international Conference on Population and Development and the Millennium Development Goals, with an emphasis on MDG5b.

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Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Health - Joint UN Publications

Factsheet on H5N1 in Viet Nam - October 2012

Date added: 09/07/2011
Downloads: 14334
Factsheet on H5N1 in Viet Nam - October 2012

Viet Nam has had an active control programme against H5N1 avian influenza since the disease was first detected in 2003. This control programme has been successful and cases of H5N1 in poultry and people have declined progressively and dramatically – however many challenges remain. Viet Nam’s strong commitment to fight Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is the major factor behind the success for containment of the disease. Several donors and agencies, including the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) have been supporting the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) since the first HPAI outbreak in 2003 and continue to do so. 

H5N1 viruses will likely continue to persist and be a concern for Viet Nam and more widely, posing a threat to the poultry industries, and remain a potential source of pandemic human influenza. It should be recognized that influenza viruses continuously evolve through mutation and re-assortments that this is a natural process which requires on-going monitoring.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/HIV - Joint UN Publications

Fact on Children and HIV and AIDS

Date added: 05/10/2012
Downloads: 16653
Fact on Children and HIV and AIDS

Stigma and discrimination against children affected by HIV and AIDS is caused by lack of understanding on HIV, myths about HIV and association of HIV with "social evils". The booklet “Facts about children and HIV and AIDS” is a resource for education managers, teachers, parents and communities. This booklet aims to provide information about children and HIV and AIDS, with the objective to remove the myths about HIV and AIDS and children affected by AIDS, and reduce stigma and discrimination against these children. The booklet was developed based on the booklet “10 Facts on Children and HIV/ AIDS” produced in Thailand. It was adapted with new content added to ensure relevance with Viet Nam. The booklet includes some pictures from children of Ha Noi and children living with HIV at the No2 Centre for Social Protection.

Also see: The "Facilitator’s Guide" for usage of the Booklet on Facts about Children and HIV/AIDS

Category: One UN Documents/The One UN Initiative in Viet Nam

Giving young people the skills and knowledge to chart a strong future

Date added: 03/30/2012
Downloads: 11482
Giving young people the skills and knowledge to chart a strong future

Ha Long city, Quang Ninh Province, Viet Nam, October 2011— According to the 2009 Population and Housing Census, young people aged between 10 to 24 years account for nearly 30 percent of the population. Young people in Viet Nam are the most mobile group, as many leave home for further studies, while others migrate seasonally or permanently for better job opportunities. Sexual and reproductive health norms and behavior are changing rapidly among young people in Viet Nam. One-third of young people still face barriers when trying to access reproductive health information or services they require and deserve.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Youth - Joint UN Publications

State of the World's Children Report 2011: Factsheet on Young People and HIV in Viet Nam

Date added: 03/02/2011
Downloads: 13341
State of the World's Children Report 2011: Factsheet on Young People and HIV in Viet Nam
  • There are many challenges to the health status of adolescents and youth in Viet Nam: HIV and AIDS, non-communicable diseases (chronic health conditions, injuries and mental health issues), substance abuse, and lack of access to quality health services (particularly reproductive health care). Ensuringequity and efficiency of health care for young people is also a significant challenge.
  • Marital and fertility trends are in the process of changing from ‘early’ to ‘late’, a fact that will have considerable impact on the country’s future population and family structure.
  • Data reveals the existence of gender and geographical disparities for marital and fertility indicators. For example, women tend to marry earlier than men and the trend of marrying later is slower for youth in remote and rural areas.

State of the World's Children Report 2011: Factsheet on Young People and Health in Viet Nam

Date added: 03/02/2011
Downloads: 13687
State of the World's Children Report 2011: Factsheet on Young People and Health in Viet Nam
  • There are many challenges to the health status of adolescents and youth in Viet Nam: HIV and AIDS, non-communicable diseases (chronic health conditions, injuries and mental health issues), substance abuse, and lack of access to quality health services (particularly reproductive health care). Ensuring equity and efficiency of health care for young people is also a significant challenge.
  • Marital and fertility trends are in the process of changing from ‘early’ to ‘late’, a fact that will have considerable impact on the country’s future population and family structure.
  • Data reveals the existence of gender and geographical disparities for marital and fertility indicators. For example, women tend to marry earlier than men and the trend of marrying later is slower for youth in remote and rural areas.
Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/HIV - Joint UN Publications

How external support for Health and HIV will evolve as Viet Nam becomes a Middle-Income Country

Date added: 12/12/2008
Downloads: 15566
How external support for Health and HIV will evolve as Viet Nam becomes a Middle-Income Country

This report was written by Javier Martinez of HLSP Institute, London (see www.hlsp.org). It was commissioned and financed by the Viet Nam Country Office of the World Health Organisation on behalf of the United Nations Country Team in Viet Nam.

HIV transmission from men to women in intimate partner relationships in Vietnam: a discussion paper

Date added: 05/05/2011
Downloads: 12588
HIV transmission from men to women in intimate partner relationships in Vietnam: a discussion paper

Asia has seen a major increase in the number of women living with HIV over the past decade, with women making up 35 per cent of new infections, an increase of 4 per cent since 2000. Although some women acquired HIV through injecting drug use and others while selling sex, the majority were exposed while having sex with a husband or partner who had contracted HIV through injecting drug use, through unprotected sex with a sex worker or through unprotected sex with a male partner. This is known as HIV transmission in intimate partner relationships, or "IPT".

In 2009, it was estimated that 243,000 people in Viet Nam were living with HIV, with prevalence among adults (ages 15 to 49) at 0.43 per cent of the population. HIV infection is still heavily concentrated among men who use drugs or engage in other high-risk behaviours. In 2009, the number of male adults living with HIV was three times higher than the number of female adults living with HIV, and men still make up the majority of new infections. However, it is estimated that the male-female ratio will gradually decrease, reaching 2.6 by 2012, reflecting the risk of transmission from HIV positive injecting drug users (IDUs) and clients of sex workers to their spouses or regular sexual partners.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Health - Joint UN Publications

Review of Expanded Program of Immunization Vietnam 2009

Date added: 12/03/2009
Downloads: 16241
Review of Expanded Program of Immunization Vietnam 2009

In order to identify progress achieved in Vietnam’s national Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) since its evaluation in 2003, a comprehensive review of EPI was conducted 30 March to 10 April 2009. The key objectives of the 2009 EPI review were to assess the following:

  • Status of management practices, including the EPI reporting system, disease surveillance, training and supervision, and provision of EPI services through hospitals and the private sector.
  • Status of the implementation of safe injection and surveillance of AEFI, performance of the cold chain system and management of vaccines in the EPI

An immunization coverage survey was conducted in the same six provinces as the EPI review during the period 6-17 April 2009, and the complete findings are summarized in a separate report. Overall, the immunization coverage survey demonstrated very high levels of coverage for all vaccines except the Hepatitis B birth dose within 24 hours of birth, with slight delays in fully immunizing children by twelve months of age.

Factsheet - Joint Programme on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza

Date added: 03/30/2011
Downloads: 12126
Factsheet - Joint Programme on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza

The issue:
Viet Nam was among the first countries in Asia to report the highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N1) virus (HPAI) and remains one of the worst affected in terms of human infections, with 119 confirmed human
cases and 59 deaths. The virus has had a direct measurable impact on Viet Nam's economy.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/WHO Publications

World Health Statistics 2008

Date added: 05/20/2008
Downloads: 15575
World Health Statistics 2008

World Health Statistics 2008 presents the most recent available health statistics for WHO’s 193 Member States. This fourth edition includes 10 highlights of health statistics as well as data on an expanded set of over 70 key health indicators. The indicators were selected on the basis of their relevance to global health monitoring and considerations of data availability, accuracy and comparability among Member States.

This publication is in two parts. Part 1 presents 10 topical highlights based on recent publications or results of new analyses of existing data. Part 2 presents key health indicators in the form of six tables for all WHO Member States: mortality and burden of disease; health service coverage; risk factors; health systems resources; inequities in health care coverage and health outcome; and basic demographic and socioeconomic statistics. This edition includes, for the fi rst time, data on trends where the statistics are available and of acceptable quality.

World Health Statistics 2008 has been collated from publications and databases produced by WHO’s technical programmes and regional offices, as well as from publicly accessible databases. The data on inequalities in health care coverage and health outcome are primarily derived from analyses of household surveys and are available only for a limited number of countries. It is anticipated that the number of countries reporting disaggregated data will increase during the next few years. Nevertheless, even in their current limited form, the data will be useful for the global public health community. In estimating country indicators based on different data sources, regional offi ces and technical programmes apply peer-reviewed methods and consult with experts around the world. To maximize the accessibility, accuracy, comparability and transparency of health statistics, the technical programmes and regional offi ces also work closely with Member States through an interactive process of data collection, compilation, quality assessment and estimation.

All statistics presented in this publication have, unless otherwise stated, been cleared as WHO’s official figures in consultation with Member States. Nevertheless, the estimates published here should still be regarded as best estimates made by WHO rather than the offi cial statistics of Member States, which may use alternative rigorous procedures.

More detailed information, including a compendium of statistics and an online version of this publication, is a vailable data become available. The web site, which has now been revised with new features and a new look to better meet users’ needs, will allow data to be displayed in different formats such as tables, maps and graphs. It also provides, wherever possible, metadata describing the sources of data, estimation methods and quality a ssessment. Careful scrutiny and use of the statistics presented in this report should contribute to progressively better measurement of relevant indicators of population health and health systems. From WHO’s Statistical Information System (http://www.who.int/statistics). This will be regularly updated as new data become available. The web site, which has now been revised with new features and a new look to better meet users’ needs, will allow data to be displayed in different formats such as tables, maps and graphs. It also provides, wherever possible, metadata describing the sources of data, estimation methods and quality a ssessment. Careful scrutiny and use of the statistics presented in this report should contribute to progressively better m easurement of relevant indicators of population health and health systems.

WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008 - The MPOWER package

Date added: 05/20/2008
Downloads: 13456
WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008 - The MPOWER package

This landmark new report presents the first comprehensive worldwide analysis of tobacco use and control efforts. It provides countries with a roadmap to reverse the devastating global tobacco epidemic that could kill up to one billion people by the end of this century.

The report outlines the MPOWER package, a set of six key tobacco control measures that reflect and build on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

For more information click here 

WHO International Standard Terminologies on Traditional Medicine in the Western Pacific Region

Date added: 05/20/2008
Downloads: 17865
WHO International Standard Terminologies on Traditional Medicine in the Western Pacific Region

The World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Western Pacific expresses its appreciation to all those who contributed to the production of this document.

WHO recognizes the people who dedicated their lives to the development of traditional medicine in our Region from ancient times particularly the ancestors who are symbolized as Huangdi and Shennong.

Appreciation is also extended to the experts who attended the meetings on development of International Standard Terminologies held in Beijing, China; Tokyo, Japan; and Daegu, Republic of Korea, as well as the external peer reviewers.

We also wish to extend our gratitude to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea for their financial support, to the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine China, the Japan Liaison of Oriental Medicine and the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, without which we would not have been able to publish this book.

The World report on child injury prevention

Date added: 12/11/2008
Downloads: 20396
The World report on child injury prevention

Every day more than 2000 children and teenagers die from an injury which could have been prevented. This joint WHO / UNICEF report is a plea to keep kids safe by promoting evidence-based injury prevention interventions and sustained investment by all sectors. The report presents the current knowledge about the five most important causes of unintentional injury – road traffic injuries, drowning, burns, falls and poisoning – and makes seven recommendations for action.

pdf Download the child friendly version of the report here

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNICEF Publications

Health equity in Viet Nam a situational analysis focused on maternal and child mortality

Date added: 03/02/2010
Downloads: 14417
Health equity in Viet Nam a situational analysis focused on maternal and child mortality

Background paper prepared for unicef consultancy on "Equity in access to quality healthcare for women and children" (april 8-10, ha long city, Viet Nam)

This situational analysis provides estimates of the degree of inequality in both maternal and child mortality and other high-level maternal and child health outcomes causally related to maternal and child mortality, including child morbidity, children's nutritional status and fertility. Estimates are also provided for several key intermediate health outcomes causally related to maternal and child mortality, including family planning, antenatal care, obstetric delivery care, immunization and curative care. Both early estimates for 1992/93 and recent estimates for 2006 of inequality are presented and compared. The main data sources used in the situational analysis include three household surveys, i.e., the 1992/93 Vietnam Living Standards Survey (VLSS), the 2006 MICS III and the 2006 Viet Nam Household Living Standards Survey (VHLSS), and provincelevel data from the MOH Health Information System (HIS) and other sources. In addition to inequality estimates, the situational analysis presents the results of regression analysis used to identify the underlying factors, such as age, sex, education, income, urbanization and ethnicity that are most closely associated with these outcomes. The observed inequalities are also decomposed in order to quantify the contributions made by the various underlying factors to the observed inequality.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/WHO Publications

Safer water, better health

Date added: 06/26/2008
Downloads: 14247
Safer water, better health

Safer water for better health -- the first-ever report depicting country-by-country estimates of the burden of disease due to water, sanitation and hygiene highlights how much disease could be prevented through increased access to safe water and better hygiene.

This comprehensive overview provides the epidemiological evidence and economic arguments for fully integrating water, sanitation and hygiene in countries' disease reduction strategies -- a pre-requisite to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. It also provides the basis for preventive action by all relevant sectors managing critical water resources and services in support of public health efforts.

Lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene remains one of the world’s most urgent health issues.

Linking HIV/STI Services with Reproductive, Adolescent, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Services

Date added: 05/20/2008
Downloads: 10367
Linking HIV/STI Services with Reproductive, Adolescent, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Services

The global commitment to Universal Access to comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010 will remain hollow without extraordinary steps to strengthen the  health system. Fostering linkages within the health sector — for  a start — brings all service delivery points to bear to better detect and treat HIV and AIDS among population of men, women and children who may be at high risk but are unaware of their status. 

Buttressing the linkage of a set of services, each with a constituency of users who may be exposed to HIV, is a systematic scale up of services with a vast scope for expansion. Such linkages utilize the strength of each channel — through sexually transmitted infections, reproductive  health, adolescent, maternal, newborn and child health services — to bolster the health system’s overall response to one of 21st century’s most harrowing epidemics.

Effective delivery for better prevention, treatment, care and support of HIV and AIDS  requires also the support of nongovernmental organizations and communities. They are an indispensable part of the millennium agenda to advance public health and achieve greater public good, especially in halting a growing epidemic. Where there is systemic engagement of communities, including adults and children living with HIV, groups most at risk, young people  and local leaders, there is a greater ownership of the agenda, greater recognition and greater action to bring about changes and new practices. 

It is with the overarching goal of enhancing universal and equal access that regional  offices of WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and the UNAIDS Secretariat in the Asia Pacific region convened  a Joint Forum with governments and civil society on 6–10 November 2006 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The Joint Forum comprised two back-to-back meetings:

Biregional Consultation on Integrating Prevention and Management of STI/HIV/AIDS into Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health Services

The 6th Asia-Pacific UN Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission Task Force  Meeting Towards Scaling Up Comprehensive PMTCT in Asia-Pacific

This alliance of efforts between United Nations agencies and different health  departments marked the start of dialogue toward an integrated or linked response. More specifically, it aimed to increase synergy between national HIV programmes and maternal,  neonatal and child health care (MNCH) programmes, which covered a range of services related to women and children, including the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT)  and prevention of HIV among women.  

Global Tuberculosis Control 2008 - SURVEILLANCE PLANNING FINANCING

Date added: 07/01/2008
Downloads: 15235
Global Tuberculosis Control 2008 - SURVEILLANCE PLANNING FINANCING

Katherine Floyd, Mehran Hosseini and Catherine Watt coordinated the production of this report. The report was written by Christopher Dye, Katherine Floyd and Mukund Uplekar. Ana Bierrenbach, Karin Bergström, Léopold Blanc, Malgorzata Grzemska, Christian Gunneberg, Knut Lönnroth, Paul Nunn, Andrea Pantoja, Mario Raviglione, Suzanne Scheele, Karin Weyer and Matteo Zignol provided input to and careful review of particular sections of text.

Christopher Dye, Mehran Hosseini, Andrea Pantoja and Catherine Watt prepared the fi gures and tables that appear in Chapters 1-3, with support from Katherine Floyd, Christian Gunneberg, Suzanne Scheele and Matteo Zignol. The epidemiological and financial profi les that appear in Annex 1 were prepared by Suzanne Scheele and Andrea Pantoja, respectively. Monica Yesudian drafted the strategy component of the country profi les that appear in Annex 1 and coordinated their initial review. Catherine Watt produced the final version of the profiles, including coordination of their final review by countries. Mehran Hosseini prepared Annex 3 and Ana Bierrenbach prepared Annex 4. Compilation and follow up of data were conducted by Rachel Bauquerez, Ana Bierrenbach, Christian Gunneberg, Mehran Hosseini (who led the process), Andrea Pantoja, Abigail Wright, Monica Yesudian and Matteo Zignol.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Health insurance in Viet Nam towards universal coverage: The case of the workers of the informal sec

Date added: 12/20/2011
Downloads: 10980
Health insurance in Viet Nam towards universal coverage: The case of the workers of the informal sec

The 2008 Law on Health Insurance targets comprehensive health insurance coverage by 2014. In 2009, health insurance was expanded to 58.4% of the population, demonstrating the efforts of the Government to expand the provision of health care. However, extending the coverage of health insurance to the remaining 41.6% of the population, or 35.7 million people, is a challenging task. First of all, even those individuals whose participation is subsidized appear reluctant to join the scheme. Secondly, those who are not insured predominantly work in the informal sector and are hard to track. Understanding and eliminating the obstacles that explain the unwillingness to participate in health insurance should therefore be part of any strategy to improve health insurance coverage. Understanding these obstacles is at the heart of this brief, and the study which underpins it, which focuses on workers in the informal sector and their family members.

Click here to download the policy brief

Spotlight

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WORLD AIDS DAY MESSAGE 2017

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.


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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


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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.


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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


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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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