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

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DSC 0284-cropHa 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 forfurther 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.

Reaching youth through marriage registration ceremonies

 - Dear honored guests, we are gathered here today to witness the giving and receiving of the
marriage vows.
- Do you take this woman as your wedded wife?
- Yes, I do.
- Do you take this man as your wedded husband?
- Yes, I do.
- I now pronounce you husband and wife. Before signing your marriage certificate, I would like to invite you to a counseling session on sexual and reproductive health skills and knowledge.

Above is the first part of a marriage registration ceremony for newly married couples organized in Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province in August 2011. This is an initiative designed and implemented by the Viet Nam Family Planning Association (VINAFPA), with technical assistance from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and financial support of the Government of Luxemburg.

The model, entitled “Sexual Reproductive Health Communication and Counseling Integration in Marriage Registration Ceremonies”, has been implemented in the four wards of Quang Ninh, Hue, Nghe An and Can Tho provinces since 2008.

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