Getting Closer to ZERO
We are getting closer to ZERO. UNICEF has supported Viet Nam for more than 30 years, focusing on saving and improving children’s lives – through clean water, nutrition, health, education HIV/AIDs prevention, and protection of children. We work from the grassroots level piloting innovative initiatives to launching massive programs at national scale. The following are some of UNICEF Viet Nam’s accomplishments in collaboration with its partners, including government, NGOs, and private sectors, which demonstrate how UNICEF’s goal of ZERO can be possible:
ZERO is a believable and achievable goal
Still, 100 children die every day in Viet Nam before reaching their fifth birthday. Most preventable deaths such as those caused by pneumonia or diarrhea, occur in the newborn period; around or just after birth; and are easily preventable if a package of several low cost interventions were delivered to the most vulnerable women and children. Child mortality needs to be addressed through good antenatal care (nutrition, vaccines and referral of high risk pregnancies), obstetric care (access to safe delivery, clean environment and safe blood) and newborn care (early breast feeding, infection control, resuscitation and skin to skin contact, and vaccines).
Other key solutions such as the prevention of under-nutrition of children through exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months; or the prevention of injury through children wearing helmets, are simple and low-cost or virtually free.
While UNICEF continues to work to fulfill the rights of Viet Nam’s most vulnerable women and children, you can also help Viet Nam reach the goal of ZERO for children.
On 5 of December 2013, UNICEF will hold its first annual gala event, UNICEF ZEROawards to honor individuals and organizations for their humanitarian work in support of children and to raise funds for UNICEF. The event is inspired by Believe in ZERO, a UNICEF campaign in Viet Nam aimed to reduce the number of preventable child deaths to ZERO.