25 April 2024

Changing Children’s Lives – Enhancing their Futures! 

In 2023, UNICEF Viet Nam worked with partners from the government in support of national priorities driving the care, the protection of children and women, towards achievement of the SDGs. UNICEF-supported programmes contributed to directly improving children’s lives and the situation of their families, and further reinforce the systems and gender…, The situation of children in 2023, Viet Nam has achieved significant milestones in driving comprehensive growth and development for children.  However, many are still at risk of being left behind. , Our impact, In 2023, with the incredible support of our partners, UNICEF made waves of change for Vietnamese children. Here's a sneak peek into the incredible milestones we achieved together, sparking smiles, dreams, and brighter futures across the country. , Health and Nutrition Health and Nutrition, UNICEF support to develop a national COVID-19 vaccine action plan for 2023 resulted in 8,131,709 children aged 5-17 years and 963,928 children under one-year-old vaccinated. To offset an acute national vaccine shortage, UNICEF procured and delivered to Viet Nam 676,300 doses of DTP-HepB-Hib vaccines. In a further boost to national vaccination…, Water, sanitation and hygiene Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Through UNICEF’s harnessing of innovative climate-resilient technology, Viet Nam’s first solar powered net-zero toilet was installed at a primary school in the Mekong Delta region as part of a unique public-private partnership. This is the first step towards rolling out this green energy sanitation solution in schools nationwide. UNICEF’s direct…, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, UNICEF supported development of guidelines to monitor and evaluate Viet Nam’s Disaster Risk Management plan, a national guideline for disaster preparedness drills focused on children and communities. It will also help assess implementation of international Disaster Risk Reduction frameworks. 63,659 children participated in the UNICEF-supported…, Education Education, UNICEF supported Government Education partners to implement competency-based learning from pre-school to upper secondary school benefiting 21 million children with improved social emotional learning, transferable and green skills, digital literacy and gender equality. Four million preschool age children nationwide (two million girls) benefited…, Child Protection Child Protection, UNICEF’s technical support to Government yielded critical improvements in legal documents to strengthen social work, child protection and child justice systems. This included an inter-agency regulation on responding to cases of violence and child sexual abuse, alongside circulars to create and enhance social worker positions in hospitals and…, Social Protection Social Protection, UNICEF continued to generate evidence and advocate for investments in child-related social policies – inclusive of children living in multi-dimensional poverty, with disabilities and ethnic minorities – as crucial drivers of Viet Nam's sustainable development. Quality UNICEF data and research informed Viet Nam’s social policy priorities during the…
13 March 2024

Air pollution

Air pollution is one of the greatest threats to children’s health. Ninety-nine per cent of people in the world live in places where the air is considered unhealthy. When children breathe toxic air, it harms their health and jeopardizes their future. For children to grow up healthy, they need clean, safe air. Here are some ways you can reduce air…, Air pollution: Fast facts, What is air pollution?, When harmful substances (pollutants) – particles, gases, or matter – are released into the air and reduce its quality, the air is polluted. When it is very polluted, we can see a gray or yellow haze., Where does air pollution come from?, Most air pollution comes from sources like power plants and factories that burn fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas); road traffic; waste management; excessive fertilizer and pesticide use and burning of agricultural waste; coal and wood burning stoves; and wildfires., How does air pollution impact our health?, Air pollution is directly linked with diseases that kill. It can cause serious health and environmental hazards to people and other living beings. Pollutants in the air contain particles known as PM 2.5. These particles are about the size of one-thirtieth the width of a human hair and can be carried across thousands of miles. PM 2.5 can pass into…, How do I know if the air is polluted?, Air pollution levels can vary depending on the place and time of day. Check if air quality information is available on weather apps or local news for where you live. Does your neighbourhood have operating factories, power plants or congested traffic nearby? If so, you are likely to be exposed to high levels of air pollution. Air pollution cannot…, Children and air pollution, Why are children more at risk?, As children are growing, their developing lungs and brains make them especially vulnerable to air pollution. Their immune systems are weaker than adults, making them more vulnerable to viruses, bacteria and other infections. This increases the risk of respiratory infection and reduces their ability to fight it. Young children breathe faster than…, How does air pollution impact children?, Air pollution causes both immediate and long-term health effects in children that can be irreversible. Air pollution is linked to respiratory conditions such as pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma. It can exacerbate underlying health conditions and harm children’s physical and cognitive development. As a result, other areas of children’s lives can be…, What symptoms of exposure to air pollution should I look out for? , Here are some symptoms that can result from exposure to air pollution. Talk to your doctor if a member of your family experiences any of these symptoms.   Dry/irritated eyes, headache, fatigue, allergies or shortness of breath. In infants, look out for signs of exertion while breathing.   People with asthma might experience more severe asthmatic…, How to protect children from air pollution, Air pollution is a global problem and requires action not just by families and individuals, but by communities and governments. However, there are many things we can do to reduce our exposure to air pollution and reduce its impact on children. Here are some key steps you can take with your family:, Protecting children from air pollution outdoors, Monitor the air quality information where you live on a daily basis and try to adjust your family’s behaviour and exposure levels accordingly. Try to reduce the time spent in areas where pollution is high, such as near or around areas of severe traffic congestion or sources of industrial pollution. Travelling at times of the day when air pollution…, Protecting children from air pollution indoors, Use cleaner fuels and technologies to cook, heat and light your home. If possible, choose electricity, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, biogas or solar stoves or ovens. Ensure the cooking area is well-ventilated by opening windows and using exhaust fans to allow heat and fumes to escape. If it’s hard to ventilate your kitchen, consider…, Help create change for cleaner air, Air pollution is a public health emergency and unless governments and businesses take concrete steps to reduce it, children will continue to suffer the most. You can play an important role in raising awareness of the problem and the solutions. Encourage and support your children to learn about and participate in environmental activities.  Use…
03 June 2023

Football without Limits

Empowered. United. Unstoppable Girls are changing the face of football, and football is changing their lives. Women and girls are playing toward their dreams and encouraging millions of girls around the world., Girls can do it! , "Sport is one of the great human pursuits – a model of teamwork, a platform for individual excellence, a driver of economic growth for all of society. " UN Secretary-General António Guterres UNICEF Viet Nam Representative Rana Flowers getting a football signed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at GOUNH, Ha Noi, Oct 2022 UNICEF Viet Nam\…, The power of sport to change children’s lives, football without limits 1 football without limits 2 Football without Limits 4 Football without Limits 5 Football without Limits, SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT, Sport has the power to change children’s lives. It boosts their self-esteem and helps build essential skills: strategic thinking, teamwork, confidence, contribution, learning to bounce back from defeat, respect and collaboration.  Sport unlocks girls’ power and makes them unstoppable! , YOU WILL LOVE THIS!, Watch these videos of your favorite sport people and get inspired to sport! Sport promotes inclusion, bringing together people from different backgrounds. Sport improves our physical and mental health, helps improve performance at school and builds skills that are essential to equip children for their future.  World Children’s Day 2022 One team…, RESEARCH AND REPORTS, If you are a teacher, a school or your work and decisions can drive positive change for children, check these resources to learn more about the situation and identify how you can make a difference for children. Your action can help improve children’s mental well-being, education, health, while building their transferable skills and competencies.…, PARENTING SKILLS, There’s a lot we can do as parents to promote our children’s bonding, learning and development. Check these parenting resources!     When does learning begin?   Self esteem   The importance of interaction   Human capital