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UNICEF Deputy Executive Director to Visit Viet Nam

Hanoi, 21 May 2004: Ms Karin Sham Poo, the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is to visit Viet Nam from 23 – 27 May 2004.

In this, her first visit to Viet Nam, Ms Sham Poo will be taking the opportunity to observe UNICEF’s work in Viet Nam. She will be looking at some of the challenges facing children, how they are being met now and what needs to be addressed in the next country programme (2006-2010) between the Government of Viet Nam and UNICEF.

Ms Sham Poo will meet with the Vice President of Viet Nam, Madame Truong My Hoa, the Minister for Planning and Investment, Mr Vo Hong Phuc and the Chairwoman of the Committee on Population, Family and Children (CPFC), Madame Le Thi Thu as well as other key government counterparts and donors.

She will also visit UNICEF supported project sites in Quang Tri Province. Quang Tri is one of Viet Nam’s poorest provinces and the UNICEF Deputy Executive Director will see a cross-section of education, water, health and nutrition and childhood injury prevention activities. While in Quang Tri, Ms Sham Poo will see UNICEF supported activities to prevent childhood injuries, now the biggest cause of death amongst children over one year of age in Viet Nam.

For further information, please contact:

Ms Sue Spencer, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Viet Nam, 72 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hanoi, Tel: (04) 942 5706 ext 210 or

Ms Nguyen Thi Anh Dung, Communication Officer, UNICEF Viet Nam, Tel: (04) 942 5706 ext 301 or 0913 031973 or



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