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eLearning proves useful in enhancing HR for health

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p-3HANOI, 12 June 2019 – "eLearning is an effective tool to enhance the capacities of current and future health care workers, especially those in remote areas where classroom-setting trainings are rarely available," a review on the pilot implementation of the IBSA eLearning Project confirmed during the evaluation results' dissemination workshop held in Hanoi today, 12 June 2019.


E-learning for Health

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WHO 02Hai Phong, 31 July 2018 - A one-and-a-half day workshop to share and exchange experiences and knowledge on e-teaching and learning development for health was held in Do Son district, Hai Phong on 31 July 2018. The workshop marked the completion of the pilot phase with 28 healthcare subjects available on Hai Phong Medical University website portal, each with audio, video and digital presentations, under two main courses specifically tailored to pre- and in-service training for medical students, doctors, nurses and health practitioners. Electronic lessons cover a variety of topics such as primary coastal healthcare, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), clinical immunology, primary pediatrics and etc.


WHO supports nationwide campaign to combat antimicrobial resistance

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IMG 7502First ever Antibiotic Awareness Week in Viet Nam to promote safe and appropriate use of antibioticsHANOI, 16 November 2015 – The World Health Organization in Viet Nam (WHO) and the government of Viet Nam have joined hands to organize the first national Antibiotic Awareness Week from 16-22 November. Antimicrobial resistance in Viet Nam is adversely affecting the health of the population and weakening the health care system.

In recent years, Viet Nam has witnessed a growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, brought about by the excessive and irrational use of antibiotics at all levels of the health care system and the by the public as a whole. In addition, the use of antimicrobials in animal husbandry, agriculture and food production increases the risk of spread of resistant microorganisms and threatens the safety and sustainability of the food chain. Antibiotic residues in soil, water and the environment further contribute to antimicrobial resistance due to weak regulations around industrial and human waste disposal.


National Regulatory Authority of Viet Nam Meets International Standards for Vaccine Regulation

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Effective regulatory oversight of vaccines is especially important, as vaccines are used on a population-wide basis, and are usually given to healthy infants. Ha Noi – 22 June 2015: As of today, the World Health Organization formally certifies Viet Nam has a fully-equipped national regulatory system that ensures the safety and efficacy of vaccines produced and used in Viet Nam.

Effective regulatory oversight of vaccines is especially important, as vaccines are used on a population-wide basis, and are usually given to healthy infants. Therefore high quality must be assured.

The certificate means that Viet Nam's National Regulatory Authority is compliant in all areas required to provide regulatory oversight of vaccines: overall system framework; marketing authorization and licensing; post-marketing surveillance, including for adverse events following immunization; lot release; laboratory access; regulatory inspections of manufacturing sites and distribution channels; and authorization and monitoring of clinical trials.


World Health Day 2015: Viet Nam and WHO work together to make food safe from farm to plate

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whday 2015_food_safetyHA NOI, 6 April 2015 – Diseases caused by unsafe food claim an estimated 2 million lives globally each year. The World Health Organization (WHO) in Viet Nam marks World Health Day (7 April) this year by applauding the government for its commitment to improve food safety in Viet Nam. At the same time it urges all consumers and producers to observe food safety to save lives and improve people's health.

"Food safety assurance is the responsibility of all consumers and producers along the food chain from farm to plate," says WHO Acting Representative Jeffery Kobza. "Food producers, manufacturers and traders in Viet Nam need to take responsibility for the safety of food they produce and trade while consumers must take preventive measures and follow good food safety practices."


World heart day 2014: Salt reduction saves lives

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photoHanoi, 29 September 2014 - On World Heart Day (29 September), the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on Viet Nam to take action on the overuse of salt by implementing WHO’s sodium reduction measures to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke and save lives.

The main source of sodium in our diet is salt. It can come from sodium glutamate, used as a condiment in many parts of the world.


WHO Applauds New Helmet Law that Comes into Effect on Jan 01, 2014

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UNONE-211Hanoi, 01 January, 2014—The World Health Organization (WHO) in Viet Nam applauds a new helmet law that comes into effect on New Year’s Day 2014. As of January 01, Government Decree 171 will require that Viet Nam’s 40 million motorists wear helmets certified and labeled as meeting the national standard.


Response to the Global Rabies Prevention Initiative

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dog rabies 20120927Son La, 29 September 2013 - Over the past decade the number of rabies deaths has been on the rise in Viet Nam from 34 deaths in 2003 to a peak of 131 deaths in 2007*. This year’s World Rabies Day brings together communities, authorities and health experts to raise awareness about the tools and technology available to prevent and eliminate rabies in both animals and humans. The day is also about helping people improve their understanding about the impact of rabies, enhance their collaboration and harness their commitment to defeat the disease.


This is hepatitis. Know it. Confront it – World Hepatitis Day

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world hepatitis day2013bHa Noi, 26 July 2013 - On World Hepatitis Day (28 July), the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to act against the five hepatitis viruses that can cause severe liver diseases and lead to 1.4 million deaths every year. Some of these hepatitis viruses, most notably types B and C, can also lead to chronic and debilitating illnesses such as liver cancer and cirrhosis. In addition they lead to loss of income and high medical expenses for hundreds of millions of people worldwide.


Viet Nam Marks Second UN Road Safety Week: Road safety and safety for pedestrians

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trafficpollutionsafety vietnam who resHa Noi, 6 May 2013 - On 6 May, 2013 countries around the world will hold various activities to mark the Second UN Road Safety Week from 6-12 May, 2013. At the request of the UN General Assembly, this year’s theme will focus on “Pedestrian safety”. This week is an excellent opportunity to encourage Governments, Institutions, NGOs and other partners to take further actions to improve road safety and contributing to the achievement of the objectives of the Decade of Actions to reduce 5 million deaths by 2020.


Joint WHO and Ministry of Health message on influenza A(H7N9)

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avian fluHanoi, 13 April 2013 – Influenza A(H7N9) is one of a subgroup of influenza viruses that normally circulate among birds. Until recently, this virus had not been reported in people. However, human infections have now been detected in China.


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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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