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UNICEF helps Viet Nam prevent injuries

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Thong Tan Xa Viet Nam/Viet Nam Plus, 11 March 2010

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Health Environment Management Agency under the Vietnamese Ministry of Health co-organised a conference in Ha Noi on March 10th, on the creation of a plan for inspection of accidents leading to injury in the 2011-2015 period. The inspection system will be carried out in three phases, with the first phase from 2011-2012 to focus on three kinds of accidents – road, labour and child injury accidents – at 20 pilot hospitals at central, municipal and provincial level, according to a ministry representative.

The second phase, spanning the 2012-2013 period, will expand the system to 40 hospitals in cities and provinces, and the third phase from 2014-2015 will select three of the project’s localities to apply outcomes and implement intervention programmes. Earlier, an action plan to prevent accidental injury conducted by the Ministry of Health during the 2008-2010 period had reaped good results, with over 80 percent of the centrally-run cities and provinces organising information work and raising knowledge about how to prevent accidental injuries. At the same time, 30 percent of the centrally-run cities and provinces had set up emergency aid networks and emergency assistance and 30 percent of the staff received training courses on ways to implement the programme. Ten communes were recognised as safe communities at international level and 42 others in 13 provinces at national level.




1 December 2017

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

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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.