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At a glance: Viet Nam


In Viet Nam, mothers are finding layers of support to breastfeed
AN GIANG PROVINCE, Viet Nam, 2 August 2013 – Nguyen Anh Dao breastfeeds 4-month-old Minh Anh at their home in Binh Thanh Dong commune, An Giang province. Minh Anh is strong and healthy. She can stand up in her mother’s lap.

In Viet Nam, a welcoming centre for children with disabilities helps provide new opportunities
DA NANG, Viet Nam, 31 May 2013 – In central Viet Nam, on the edge of the city of Da Nang, a small group of children await their morning bus pickup. It’s a scene that could be encountered anywhere in the world, but what might appear commonplace is not.

Launch of report celebrates children's abilities
DA NANG, Viet Nam and NEW YORK, United States of America, 30 May 2013 – UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children report focuses this year on the potential of children with disabilities and the contributions they can make to society.

In Viet Nam, a new start for a new generation of victims of Agent Orange
DA NANG, Viet Nam, 30 May 2013 – For children at the Da Nang Association for Victims of Agent Orange, the end of a daily two-hour journey has turned into the beginning of a new life: doing things they have never done before.

Vietnamese girl uses her talent and determination to inspire others
HANOI, Viet Nam, 28 May 2013 – Nguyen Phuong Anh was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or ‘glass-bone disease’, a genetic disorder causing fragile bones. “My bones have broken 30 times or more,” she says. “We stopped counting because we thought that it didn’t matter anymore.

"It's about Ability!" for young filmmakers in Viet Nam
HO CHI MINH CITY, Viet Nam, 14 May 2013 – Against the hustle and bustle of city traffic, a young boy is quietly putting up a large poster on an empty wall next to a restaurant. While he brushes on the glue with his one good hand, some local boys pull a trick by pouring water on him from the roof of the building.

Reaching the fifth child in northern Viet Nam’s Lao Cai province
LAO CAI PROVINCE, Viet Nam, 17 April 2013 – It’s Immunization Day at designated health centres in northern Viet Nam’s Lao Cai province. Parents have brought their children to be vaccinated or to receive their follow-up doses.

Weekly boarding schools provide education and security for vulnerable children in Viet Nam
DIEN BIEN PROVINCE, Viet Nam, 16 April 2013 – At 6:30 a.m. in this remote, mountainous region of northern Viet Nam, the day has begun at the Tua Thang boarding school.

In Viet Nam, exploring the opportunities and risks of digital evolution
November 2012, Hanoi -- As Viet Nam experiences rapid growth in access to mobile phones and the Internet, UNICEF and partners are focusing attention on the impact of this digital expansion on children in the country. According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Internet penetration in Viet Nam doubled between 2006 and 2011 while the number of mobile phone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants jumped from 22 to 143 during the same time period. Children and young people are at the forefront of this surge in use.

In Viet Nam, a UNICEF-supported youth film project raises awareness about climate change
HA NOI, Viet Nam, 21 June 2012 – This week, as Brazil hosts the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, UNICEF is working to ensure children are at the centre of the sustainable development agenda.

UNICEF report reveals drowning is a leading cause of child death in parts of Asia
LAP VO DISTRICT, Viet Nam, 22 May 2012 – It is every parent’s nightmare. Their child is missing. Friends and family are frantically searching. Minutes turn to hours. So it was for Mrs. Nguyen Thu Thao when her 9-year-old son Tong went missing from their village in the south of Viet Nam.

UNICEF partners with Viet Nam’s National Assembly to protect breastfeeding
DA NANG, Viet Nam, 1 May 2012 – In a record move to protect the breastfeeding rights of women and children, UNICEF and the National Assembly’s Institute of Legislative Studies have concluded a series of high-level consultative meetings in Viet Nam’s coastal city of Da Nang.

Micronutrient Days fight Viet Nam’s 'hidden hunger'
BINH THANH TRUNG, Viet Nam, 11 April 2012 – It is 7 a.m. and Binh Thanh Trung commune’s health centre is buzzing. Today is Micronutrient Day and over 700 children are expected to participate.

In Viet Nam, Internet access creates opportunities and safety challenges alike
HANOI, Viet Nam, 16 March 2012 – Over the last decade, the dramatic increase in access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Viet Nam has brought unprecedented opportunities – including online learning and connecting with local or global communities – to adolescents and young people. But this development has also come with a range of digital risks.

UNICEF launches Schools for Asia to improve education for millions
NEW YORK, USA, 10 January 2012 – UNICEF is launching Schools for Asia today, an international fundraising initiative to improve the access and quality of education for disadvantaged children living across Asia and the Pacific.

Mekong flooding causes widespread damage in Viet Nam
AN GIANG, Viet Nam, 26 October 2011 – A relentless series of tropical storms and typhoons has filled the Mekong River to record levels, causing widespread flooding that now covers much of south and central Viet Nam in water.

UNICEF-supported programme brings hope to severely malnourished children in Viet Nam
KON TUM, Viet Nam, 13 October 2011 – Two-year-old A-Thau lives with his family in a simple house in a remote village in Kon Tum – a central highland province of Viet Nam. The smallest of six children, he is mainly looked after by his elder siblings, as his parents are too busy working in the fields to care for him all the time. Low birth weight and a lack of nutritious food resulted in recurrent illness and when his parents eventually brought him to the district hospital with a high fever and breathing difficulties, he was diagnosed as having pneumonia and severe acute malnutrition.

Goodwill Ambassador Xuan Bac delivers good hygiene message to children in Viet Nam
HA NOI, Viet Nam, 26 May 2011 – For many Vietnamese children, Xuan Bac, an actor and comedian, is a familiar name associated with friendliness and slapstick comedy. Recently appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), the well-known celebrity is committed to making the position part of his family and professional life.

Buddhist monks fight stigma and raise HIV awareness in Viet Nam
HA NOI, Viet Nam, 13 May 2011 – As she sees her daughter return home after school, 31-year-old Nha beams with pride and love for the little girl. Thuy, 8, gives a mischievous smile to her mother and swiftly gets on her lap to cuddle.

UNICEF injury prevention initiative protects children's lives in Viet Nam
CAN THO, Viet Nam, 10 May 2011 – Economic and social progress in Viet Nam has brought change to people’s lives in Truong Lac commune in the province of Can Tho. Roads are now busy with trucks, cars and motorbikes. As a result, children are facing increasing risks.

In Viet Nam, a 'total sanitation' programme makes progress in rural areas
VINH THANH, Viet Nam, 5 May 2011 – Vinh Thanh village is nestled in the rice-producing Mekong Delta region of southern Viet Nam. Residents came together one sunny morning recently to attend a very special performance organized by local health workers.

UNICEF and 'Viet Nam’s Next Top Model' form a unique partnership for children
HO CHI MINH CITY, Viet Nam, 21 January 2011 – Finalists of the popular television show ‘Viet Nam’s Next Top Model’ recently paid a visit to a very special pagoda where children affected by HIV and their families are receiving support and counselling from Buddhist monks and nuns. It was their first stop on a tour of UNICEF-supported projects in Viet Nam.

New UNICEF report calls for reducing disparities among children in Viet Nam
HA NOI, Viet Nam, 3 September 2010 – According to key findings presented in a UNICEF report entitled ‘An Analysis of the Situation of Children in Viet Nam 2010,’ Viet Nam has made tremendous progress for its children in a remarkably short period of time, with unprecedented reduction in under-five mortality rates and poverty.

For new UNICEF ambassador in Viet Nam, appointment is a 'life-long dream'
HA NOI, Viet Nam, 23 August 2010 – Internationally renowned model Vu Nguyen Ha Anh has joined the ranks of over 270 national UNICEF ambassadors, increasing public awareness of the rights of children and women.

Governments, donors and UN commit to ‘Delivering as One’ at Viet Nam conference
HA NOI, Viet Nam, 17 June 2010 – “Much has been achieved, more needs to be done. ‘Delivering as One’ is the future for UN development activities.”

UNICEF supporter Patricia Lanza sponsors new day-care centre in Viet Nam
DA NANG, Viet Nam, 9 April 2010 – Over 150 UNICEF partners, children with disabilities and their families gathered in Hoa Nhon commune, central Viet Nam, to celebrate the opening of a new day-care centre for disabled children.

CRC in Viet Nam 20 years on: Children better off but new challenges emerging
HANOI, Viet Nam, 3 March 2010 – Viet Nam was the first country in Asia – and just the second in the world – to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, or CRC. The 20th anniversary of CRC ratification was celebrated recently at a high-profile event in Hanoi, organized by the Vietnamese Government with support from UNICEF.

Vietnamese children raise their voices for action on climate change
HANOI, Viet Nam, 24 August 2009 – Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh, a 16-year-old girl from Da Nang Province, will not soon forget the two-day workshop she attended in Hanoi earlier this month. There, she had a chance not only to meet with children from all the regions of Viet Nam, but also to learn about and discuss an issue that could have an enormous impact on all children’s lives: climate change. 

UNICEF rebuilds a child-friendly school in cyclone-affected Myanmar
DIDIER, Myanmar, 28 July 2009 – Aye Nandar Win enjoys attending fifth grade at the rebuilt Sinku Primary School here in cyclone-affected Didier Township. "I love this school!" she exclaimed. "I love the space, the colours, my desk – everything."

In remote areas of Viet Nam, UNICEF supports teaching children about rights
LAO CAI, Viet Nam, 23 July 2009 – Against the dramatic backdrop of the foothills of northern Viet Nam, students at the Kim Dong Lower Secondary gather for their morning exercises. In perfectly straight lines, and with impeccable timing, they go through their routine, which heralds the start of the school day.

UNICEF and IKEA Social Initiative support schooling for ethnic minorities in Viet Nam
LAO CAI PROVINCE, Viet Nam, 15 April 2009 – As part of her morning routine, Thao Thi Mao dropped off her young son at the Ban Pho Pre-school, set against the dramatic backdrop of the northern hills of Viet Nam's Lao Cai Province. On this day, she also brought with her a heavy bundle of firewood, to cook the children's lunch.

Launch of the first World Report on Child Injury Prevention in Hanoi
HANOI, Viet Nam, 10 December 2008 – A ceremony was held today in Hanoi to mark the launch of the first World Report on Child Injury Prevention. The report was jointly prepared by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of Viet Nam, with input from more than 180 experts from 56 different countries.

‘Child-Safe Home’ model helps reduce child drowning in Viet Nam
DONG THAP PROVINCE, Viet Nam, 5 December 2008 – Ten children die every day from drowning in Viet Nam, where it is the number one cause of injury-related death among children over the age of one. In the province of Dong Thap alone, 202 children died from drowning during 2005 and 2006.

Water and hygiene facilities change lives for families in rural Viet Nam
DAI PHAC COMMUNE, Viet Nam, 17 January 2007 – During class break, Nguyen Thi Huyen, 10, and her classmates at An Thinh 1 Primary School crowd the small open area outside their new latrine and washing facilities. They wash their hands vigorously, as instructed by the teacher.

Supporting early bilingual education in rural Viet Nam
SUOI GIANG COMMUNE, Viet Nam, 15 January 2007 – She’s only five years old, but Mua Thi Xay is already learning a second language. She is ethnic Hmong, from a community in the mountains of northern Viet Nam. Until now she knew little of her nation’s main language, Vietnamese.

Information a potent weapon in Viet Nam’s fight against bird flu
DAI YEN COMMUNE, Viet Nam, 9 January 2006 – Nguyen Thi Tuyet takes off her straw hat and farming clothes and fills a bowl with chicken feed. She tosses handfuls of seeds to the 100 chickens inside a pen next to her house. Tuyet worries that she might lose her chicken farm if avian influenza returns to her village.

UNICEF and partners work to keep bird flu at bay in Viet Nam
HAY TAY PROVINCE, Viet Nam, 8 January 2007 – Nguyen Thi Tham lives in fear of bird flu. Ms. Nguyen is a poultry farmer in Hay Tay Province, just south of the capital, Hanoi. Her entire farm of 200 chickens was culled during an outbreak of avian influenza in 2005.

Protecting young women from human trafficking in Viet Nam
LANG SON, Viet Nam, 7 December 2006 – Nguyen Thi Phuong cherishes her new role as a mother. At 45, she’s older than most Vietnamese women raising their first child, but that hardly matters.

Healthy-living education builds teens’ confidence across Viet Nam
LANG SON, Viet Nam, 3 November 2006 – Balancing a pair of watering pails with a stick across her shoulders, Ma Thi Nut navigates through a cabbage field, tilting to wet crops on both sides of a narrow path.

Monthly immunization days save lives and build babies’ health
CHIENG KHOA, Viet Nam, 1 February 2006 – It’s the monthly immunization day in Chieng Khoa, a small village in the mountains of north-western Vietnam. Although it’s still early in the morning, numerous mothers clutching babies wait patiently in a queue in front of the health centre.

UNICEF helps keep minority children in school in rural Viet Nam
CHIENG KHOA COMMUNE, Viet Nam, 29 December 2005 – A short five-minute walk is all that separates 8-year-old Sa Thi Tham from her school. It’s a remarkably short distance in a region of rolling green mountains and plunging river valleys in north-western Viet Nam, where many children must travel many kilometres to reach their classes.

Viet Nam: Swimming, a vital life skill for children
DONG THAP PROVINCE, Viet Nam, 8 July 2005 – Not knowing how to swim can cost a child his or her life, especially in Viet Nam. Waterways outnumber roads in Dong Thap Province in the Mekong River Delta of southern Viet Nam, and annual flooding caused by monsoon rains takes a severe toll, particularly on children.

Integrated approach helps Vietnamese children get the best start in life
HANOI, 22 June 2005 – Twenty-nine-year-old Y-Ner lives in the Dac-Blo village of Kon Tum, one of the poorest provinces in Viet Nam’s central highlands. Despite many hardships, her three children are growing up healthy, happy and well-protected, thanks to the UNICEF-supported Integrated Early Childhood Development programme (IECD).

UNICEF Office in Viet Nam launches the first bilingual website – in English and Vietnamese
Viet Nam, 9 December 2004 - To coincide with the launch of the 2005 State of the World’s Children, a brand-new website on UNICEF’s activities in Viet Nam is now available in both English and Vietnamese.




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