UNICEF annual report for Vietnam 2010
The year 2010 saw UNICEF effectively use its voice to mobilise partners and leverage resources for the most disadvantaged children. Significant results included the leveraging of a commitment by the Government to mobilise USD120 million to implement a long-term national programme to develop social work as a profession between 2011 and 2020. Two national laws on Child Adoption and on Persons with Disabilities were passed, bringing Vietnamese laws closer to international conventions. In response to an unprecedented outbreak of measles in 2009 of 8,000 reported cases, over 7 million children were vaccinated against measles, the first such national campaign since 2002. UNICEF provided procurement services, and technical support in the form of monitoring and oversight, together with WHO.
Three areas of shortfall were evident this year. First, the enormous potential for UNICEF in leveraging private sector actors for children’s issues in Ho Chi Minh City, the economic hub of the country is insufficiently tapped. Second, there were major shortfalls in the generation and dissemination of quality data and evidence. With only about 40 per cent of planned studies completed during 2010, the Country Office (CO) will work to refine its own capacity and mechanisms for it to become the knowledge leader on child rights. Third, the country programme lacks a coherent and systematic approach to addressing the disparities affecting ethnic minority children and children in poor households and the CO will work to fill this gap.
Partnerships were mobilised in support of children with diverse stakeholders. A stronger relationship was built with the World Bank on social protection. Through the MoU with the Communist Party, the Office was able to mobilise and sensitise party officials on child rights. A new UNICEF Viet Nam Goodwill Ambassador, Ha Anh Vu, was appointed and raised awareness about HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination.