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Rabies dvd box cover ENGThe Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) FAO Viet Nam and Department of Animal Health (DAH) within the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development launched a rabies advocacy and training film “Towards zero rabies in Vietnam” and “Eradication of Rabies in Viet Nam”, respectively. The films have been produced with the support and collaboration from General Department of Preventive Medicine, World Health Organisation, Sub-department of Animal Health in Thai Nguyen Province and World Animal Protection.

“Eradication of Rabies in Viet Nam” serves as one of the key training tools for animal and public health professionals, especially for those who conduct outreach training to district and commune based animal health and public health workers. It provides practical demonstrations and detailed explanations about cross-sectoral collaboration, effective dog capture & vaccination techniques, as well as demonstrating proper wound washing and post-exposure vaccine. The advocacy film “Towards zero rabies in Vietnam” inspires local authorities, donors, technical and development agencies to provide political support and assistance for an integrated rabies control program in the spirit of One Health. In this film senior government officials and international organization representatives provide well-expressed insights on how government agencies and partner organizations can best coordinate to establish effective rabies control strategies.

“The films were made by capturing footage from the rabies training of trainers program implemented by FAO and DAH in Viet Nam, with support from rabies experts from the Indonesian government and FAO. This program assisted the Government of Vietnam with efforts to increase dog vaccination coverage and decrease the number of rabies-related human deaths. Our main interventions include capacity building, joint sector communication and advocacy for greater political commitment to fight against rabies” said Dr. Scott Newman, ECTAD Senior Technical Coordinator.




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

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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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