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…
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,…
29 March 2022

Manufacturing and distributing ceramic filters for use in emergencies

In rural Viet Nam, 20 per cent of the population still do not have access to basic drinking water services, leading to leaving children vulnerable to diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, and other water-borne diseases. Following Cambodia’s example, Viet Nam has invested in the production and distribution of ceramic filters to address the issue of water access, particularly in rural areas. Led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the National Centre of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (NCERWASS) and UNICEF, a public–private partnership among various stakeholders was formed to test the production of ceramic filters at the pilot location in the southern province of An Giang. Since the project's inception, over 31,000 ceramic filters have been sold on the market and over 3,200 ceramic filters have been distributed by UNICEF and its partners to schools, households, and commune health centres. On February 2018, the ceramic filter also passed quality tests administered by the National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health under Viet Nam’s Ministry of Health. Plans are currently underway to establish a second production site and advocate for the ceramic filter production partnership model to other private businesses on the one hand and to ensure access to safe water to rural households at an affordable price. Additionally, more than 1,139 ceramic filters are being distributed to drought/saline water intrusion-affected households in Mekong River provinces (Soc Trang and Ben Tre) to ensure access of safe water to the drought-affected households. Also, to contribute to COVID-19 prevention and control, 2,000 households, 781 schools, and 124 commune health centers have received ceramic filters for accessing safe drinking water.