24 March 2023

“Since we have clean water at school, I don’t get sick often anymore.”

After filling the bucket with water from the blue barrel, Luon, a 10-year-old Mong girl, started walking home. Shoulder pulled to one side to withstand the bucket’s weight; her slippers treaded carefully on dirt road so as not to fall.   Ly Thi Luon, 11, helps bring water home from her neighbour's house, Dien Bien, Viet Nam. Every day, she helps…, Water contamination and the climate crisis, Just ten minutes from her house, Luon’s primary school, Ta Te, is surrounded by lush mountains and muddy rutted roads. When morning light descends on blooming flowers, sounds of children from classrooms have already engulfed the school’s playground.    With more than 200 students and teachers, kids can play, chase, laugh, sweat, and feel thirsty…, Safe water, an undeniable right, With chestnut brown hair and a cheerful smile, Nisa exudes an air of natural confidence when she shares her dream of becoming a drawing artist. A year younger than Luon, Nisa lives in Pu Nhi commune in Dien Bien.   “Since we have clean water at school, I don’t get sick often anymore,” Nisa said. “Before, when there was no water at school, it was…, A safe glass of water for every child, Ms. Nguyen Hong Hanh, UNICEF's WASH Officer, visits Pu Nhi Elementary School, Dien Bien, Viet Nam and talks with Mr. Doan Minh Cuong, Vice Principal of the school about access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Ms. Nguyen Hong Hanh, UNICEF's WASH Officer, visits Pu Nhi Elementary School, Dien Bien, Viet Nam and talks with Mr. Doan Minh Cuong,…
20 August 2021

World Water Week 2021: Meet our expert

1. Why is the theme of this year's World Water Week "Building Resilience Faster", The United Nations warns that water scarcity and drought will cause damage on the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic due to global warming. In order to seek concrete solutions to challenges related to water, the climate crisis, food security, health, biodiversity and the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, World Water Week 2021, which takes place from…, 2. From the UNICEF studies in Viet Nam, what is the current situation of water supply in Viet Nam?, Clean water, sanitation and personal hygiene are core elements of human resource development that drive Viet Nam's current and future productivity and growth. In recent years, Vietnamese government has put a lot of efforts to implement the water supply and sanitation programs with remarkable results. Following joint monitoring program WHO/UNICEF…, 3. What are the impacts of the lack of clean water on people’s lives, especially children?, Lack of access to clean water remains a major challenge affecting children in rural area of Viet Nam. A lot of scientific evidence has proven that malnutrition is directly related to poor water and sanitation. Following the National Nutrition Survey 2019, the proportion of children under 5 years of age who are stunted in the whole country is 19.6…, 4.What are UNICEF’s recommendations to the Government of Viet Nam in ensuring the right of people and children to access to clean water, especially in most climate change impact areas?, We would like to suggest that at the national level, identified priorities to accelerate water–climate action include: enhancing water governance and water productivity to manage competition between the water needs of agriculture, energy, industry, cities and ecosystems; promoting specific nature-based solutions that can curb emissions and…