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…
08 April 2024

Heat wave safety tips

Heat waves are anything but fun in the sun. Extreme heat and humidity can be extremely uncomfortable and pose serious health risks, especially for infants, children, pregnant women and the elderly. Without taking the proper precautions, extreme heat can lead to heat stroke and even worse, fatality. As a result of climate change, heat waves are…, Heat wave facts, Heatwave facts: A girl stands under the hot sun What is a heat wave?  Heat waves happen when the temperature is higher than normal for several days in a row. Humidity can cause it to feel much hotter. What causes a heat wave?  Heat waves result from warm air being trapped in the atmosphere and are a natural weather phenomenon. Heat waves are…, What to do in a heat wave, How to prepare for a heatwave: A girl stands next to a fan Be prepared Know how hot and humid it is going to get today, this week and this month to help plan outside activities. Keep an emergency kit at home that contains oral rehydration salt (ORS) packets, a thermometer, water bottles, towels or cloths to wet for cooling, a handheld fan or…, Signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, How to recognize symptoms of heatstroke: A girl looks confused as a caregiver supports her Severe symptoms of heat stress require urgent care.  If a family member is presenting any of the severe symptoms below you should call for an ambulance or arrange for another form of transport to a health facility immediately. Trust your instincts and don’t…, Symptoms of heat-related illness, Milder symptoms - treat at home Severe symptoms – take to hospital immediately General Dry lips/sticky mouth Excessive thirst Excessive sweating Weakness /dizziness Nausea/vomiting Small blisters/rashes Heat rashes Mild fever Nosebleeds Cramps, usually in arms and legs Confusion/not responding clearly /seizures/coma/not waking up (MOST SEVERE)…, How to treat heatstroke and heat-related illnesses, How to treat heat related illness: A girl lies on the floor while a caregiver provides water Take the following steps to help your loved one cool, rehydrate and recover:, 1. Cool and rush to health facility if severe, If a family member is experiencing severe symptoms of heat-related illnesses, it is important to cool first and transport second.   Help the person sit or lie down in a cool shaded area with good ventilation. Close curtains to create more shade. Turn on a fan or air conditioner if available. Apply wet towels to the skin at head, neck, armpits and…, 2. Reduce temperature, Move the person into a cool area if not done so already. Close curtains to create more shade. Turn on a fan or air conditioner if available.    Apply wet towels or cool water to the body, particularly at head, neck, armpits and groin. Keep changing the towels or dipping them in cool water every few minutes to provide cool water for the body. If…, 3. Rehydrate, Infants under six months: Breastfeed to rehydrate the infant. Encourage mother to also drink more water, especially if breastfeeding.  Older infants and children: Given your infant or child water in small amounts to help them become used to it.  If the child has sweated a lot or is sweating a lot, add some Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) to the water…
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…
16 August 2023

Flying Kites

For the sky, full of flying kites... Children can learn and dream so high! Those are the lyrics in the song "FLYING KITES" composed by Tien Dat and Duy Khoa, which is the theme song of the campaign " A safe, clean and green ASEAN for every child ". It brings to life the desire to send dreams, join hands for change, create a better world so that…, Who can participate in the competition?, In the form of a collective competition, it is open to all primary and secondary schools nationwide (as teams/ groups/ representative classes or school students - aged 6 to 15 years old)., Join the Disaster Risk Reduction flashmob dance competition!, Let’s join hands to build safe schools and sustainable communities against natural disasters and climate change for all children through fun and creative teamwork activities!, Timeline of the competition: , August 15, 2023: The competition launching. September 1 to 30 (4 weeks): Competition opens for video submissions, via Facebook group: Thử thách làm phim '1 phút xanh (‘1-minute green’ video challenge) October 5: The final results will be announced., TOTAL PRIZE VALUE: VND 40 MILLION, Weekly prizes: Total value of VND 8 million. Each week will have: 01 First Prize: Each prize is worth VND 1 million 02 Sub-prizes: Each prize is worth VND 500,000   * Note : The results are based on the total number of interaction points (likes, hearts, comments, shares, in which the share score will double the number of remaining interactions).…, HOW TO JOIN THE COMPETITION:, - Step 1: Schools/classes/groups create and practice their performances: flashmob dances to the song about disaster risk reduction and climate actions - “Flying Kites”. Check out the sample video with moves that have been composed, choreographed, and shared by the organizing committee below: - Step 2: Schools/classes/groups record the flashmob (…, OTHER RULES:, Videos must be rehearsed, recorded, and submitted by the schools/classes/groups themselves. Copyright is enforced. Do not copy other entries. The organizers have the right to use all videos participating in the contest for communication activities with non-commercial purposes. Read more at here to view and download materials on natural disaster…
18 July 2023

The English Speaking Contest on disaster risk reduction and climate actions

Dear beloved students and parents, The English Speaking Contest on disaster risk reduction and climate actions is co-organized by the Vietnam Disaster and Dyke Management Authority (MARD) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Viet Nam with the support of the Government of Japan and Amslink English Center., Are you?, A secondary or high school student in Viet Nam. Interested in hot global issues such as disaster prevention and climate change adaptation. Wishing to make a difference by bringing your voice to ASEAN leaders about the contributions of children and adolescents in disaster risk reduction and climate actions. Able to speak English fluently. Sharing…, Join the English Speaking Contest!, Make a difference and let your voice be heard., Objectives, To support the 11th Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management and its side activities during Viet Nam chairmanship in 2023. To disseminate knowledge on disaster risk reduction and climate actions. To raise awareness and strengthen skills for children and the youth in responding to natural disasters and climate change. To create…, Topics, Your perspective on disaster risk reduction and climate actions in Viet Nam and around the world. Your innovative ideas related to disaster risk reduction and climate actions. Your local experience in disaster prediction, prevention and response, to frequently occurring disasters in your area., How to join?, General information Contestants may enter individually or as part of a group (maximum of 2 members). Presentations must be delivered in English. Content you present must discuss the above topics. Preliminary Round The preliminary round will take place online. Entries must be submitted to the Organizing Committee by August 25, 2023, via email at…, Prizes: TOTAL OF 200 MILLION VND WORTH PRIZES, Preliminary Round The first 30 contestants/groups to submit their entries will receive a souvenir gift. Final Round 1st Prize: 4 million VND 3 Second Prizes: 3 million VND/each 3 Third Prizes: 2 million VND/each 3 Consolation Prizes: 1 million VND/each 2 additional prizes will be awarded based on the total number of likes and shares of the…, ARE YOU READY TO JOIN FOR A SAFE, CLEAN, AND GREEN ASEAN FOR ALL CHILDREN?, Contest Launch: July 23-29, 2023 Preliminary Round Entry Submission: July 25-August 25, 2023 (4 weeks) Preliminary Round Results Announcement: September 15, 2023 Online Training for Finalists: September 18, 2023 Final Round and Awards Ceremony in Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province: October 3, 2023 The Winner will deliver a speech at the 11 th ASEAN…, CONTEST PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES:, Preliminary Round: Who can join? The contest is open to Vietnamese secondary and high school students who reside in Vietnam (ages 12 to 18). There is no limit to the number of entries per contestant. The submission must include the attached entry information form ( English speaking contest entry form here ) Consider the following for innovation:…, SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE FINAL ROUND, Criteria Sub-criteria Details Maximum Content - Introduction - State the purpose clearly 10 - Problems - State the main ideas 5 - Develop supporting ideas logically 5 - Describe the current problem 5 - Use reliable and relevant data and evidences 5 - Solutions - Clearly define solutions 10 - Conclusion - Summarise the main ideas effectively 10 -…, (*) Additional Prize Scoring:, 1 like or reaction from 1 account = 1 point 1 comment from 1 account = 2 points 1 share from 1 account = 3 points (only valid if shared publicly -> valid for public shares only) The total score is calculated as the sum of points from the Thien Tai The Gioi fan page and Amslink English Center fan page Note: Cheating, such as hacked likes, fake…, Video Format Requirements:, File format: MP4 preferred Maximum length: 3 minutes Aspect ratio: 16:9 (vertical) or 4:3 (horizontal) preferred Resolution: Submit the original video at the highest available resolution (minimum 1280 x 720 pixels). Avoid sending videos via social networks, as this may reduce video quality. #EarlyAction #ForEveryChild #UNICEF #VNDMA