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Japan supports better health care model for mothers, children

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:24 am

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MOH) signed off on a project to support heath care for mothers and children on December 27 in Hanoi.

Representatives of JICA and MOH sign off on a project to support heath care for mothers and children on December 27 in Hanoi( Photo: Courtesy of JICA)

Maternal and Child Health Handbook – a Japanese adapted health care project will be carried out next year in the northern provinces of Dien Bien, Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa, and the Mekong delta province of An Giang.

The project will last for 3 years, starting from January 2011, with total budget of 154 million Japanese Yen (equivalent to US$1.8 million) which will provided by JICA.

Maternal and Child Health Handbook is a comprehensive instruction manual with essential information about the physical and intellectual development of children, from the fetus up to 6 years old.

The handbook is convenient for use and storage, as it replaces existing notebooks and health monitoring graphs, and serves as a continuing record on the health condition of both mother and child.

Mr. Tsuno Motonori, Chief Representative of JICA shared “By using the handbook, women are much less likely to miss their regular checkups. The handbooks help mothers provide accurate information, about the child’s development and vaccination records, for doctors and even schools when necessary”

In Japan the MCH Handbook was developed and used in 1942 under the name of ‘Maternal Handbook’, it became a tool in the hands of every mother to ensure the baby’s health. In 1950s, the infant mortality rate in Japan was 60.1 per 1000 live births, while the ratio in 2002 was 3.0 – one of the lowest in the world. Whereas, the infant mortality rate in Vietnam is 15.0 per 1,000 live births (statistical data from 2008).

Based on Japanese experience, MOH have drafted the Maternal and Child Health handbook, covering four parts: the monitoring of mothers during pregnancy, taking care of mother and child during delivery and after delivery, and taking care of the child until 6 years old.

The JICA project is going to conduct training activities to health staff on the contents, ways of usage and distribution to pregnant women, families with small children, village health workers and volunteers. The most important activity is to promote the utilization of the book at community health centers from antenatal check up, at birth, post partum, neonatal and child health.

After piloting at the four provinces, the Ministry of Health will have a plan for distributing the Handbook nationwide, contributing and improving the health condition of both mother and child, and achieving Millennium Development Goals, as committed by the Government of Vietnam.

Source: SGGP

Da Nang holds tour of prison to help disobedient youths live better

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Da Nang City Committee of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, Da Nang War Veterans’ Association and Da Nang Police cooperated with each other to give nearly 300 disobedient youths, who have acts of stealing and disturbing the public order, and have been educated and kept under house arrest of the local authorities, a tour to prison on September 7. The city’s government hopes this treatment and educational method will help them to live better.

Da Nang’s disobedient youths visit Tan Hoa School No.3  (Photo: Sggp)

The delegation visited Hoa Son Detention Center and Tan Hoa School No.3 which is teaching and educating young people with bad behaviors of provinces and cities in the central region.

They visited detention rooms, accommodations, studying and working places of guilty persons. Varied changes and tones of feelings can be seen on their faces.

“The visit helped me to realize the value of life” said Nguyen Viet Hung, 17, who left school when he was in the 8th grade and addicted to online games. He has been placed under house arrest of the local authorities because of breaking the law.

“I addicted to online games after leaving school and then became a crime. I lost my future. I hope you will not lose your life and torment your friends, teachers and family” Truong Ba Lien, student of Tan Hoa School No.3, advised.

“The city’s government is always interested in you. I believe that you can choose the best things for your future, and will give up the bad and become a good citizen after this special visit” Danang Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Ba Thanh said at a talk with young people on the same day.

Source: SGGP

Poor people in Mekong delta enjoy better healthcare services

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Poor people in Mekong delta enjoy better healthcare services

QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

Tens of thousands of poor people in An Giang province have access to reasonably-priced health services thanks to a medical support project in the Mekong delta.

Thank to the project, which is conducted by the Health Ministry, 59,505 people living under or just at the poverty line have received free health insurance and access to healthcare consultancy services. Heart surgeries have been carried out for many children under six years old and the elderly.

The project has also supported the management and treatment for psychopaths in the eight communes of An Phu, Tinh Bien, Tri Ton and Thoai Son districts.

As part of the project, 115 medical workers have been supported to undertake tertiary education and specialised training courses. In addition, the provincial polyclinic and the An Giang preventive medical centre have been provided with modern equipment to improve their diagnosis and treatment capacity.

Apart from An Giang, the project has also provided assistance to the other 12 cities and provinces in the Mekong delta.

Kicked off in September 2006 and expected to complete by the end of 2011, the project has a total investment of US$85 million, taken from the official development assistance (ODA) commitment to Vietnam.

The funding allocated to An Giang is more than US$6.4 million, of which the majority or over US$4.96 million has been disbursed in 2010.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Trade Union to better protect workers’ rights

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 2:09 am

Trade Union to better protect workers’ rights

QĐND – Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 21:32 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) to better perform its role in improving employees’ living conditions and protecting their legitimate rights.

At a working session with the VGCL Presidium in Hanoi on June 2, Mr Dung noted that the VGCL has worked closely with the government and local administrations in recent times to finalise labour laws and implement policies for workers.

He said that despite numerous difficulties, including the global economic turmoil, natural disasters and epidemics, Vietnam has achieved a high economic growth rate, maintained the macro economic stability, reined in runaway inflation and ensured social welfare. He partly attributed the achievements to significant contributions made by Trade Union organisations and workers. 

He acknowledged Trade Union organisations’ efforts to liase with grassroots-level administrations and socio-political organisations in carrying out diverse activities to improve workers’ living conditions.

VGCL representatives proposed that the VGCL receive more funds to generate jobs for laid-off workers, and develop housing for workers at industrial parks and low-income earners in urban areas. They also asked the government to amend the list of careers and policies for employees working in hazardous areas to better protect employees’ interests.

In response, Mr Dung said he will ask relevant ministries and agencies to study and offer incentives on housing, including the creation of a land fund for businesses to build houses for workers. He also requested the designated agencies and the VGCL to develop a model under which the capital support fund will disburse loans to help poor workers train and generate jobs themselves.

The PM asked Trade Union organisations to deal properly with labour disputes and strikes and increase investment in vocational training.

“The quality of vocational training should be improved to keep pace with socio-economic development,” said Mr Dung.

VGCL President Dang Ngoc Tung said over the past years Trade Union organisations have played an important role in dealing with labour disputes and strikes, as well as helping stabilise labour relations and production at grassroots level. As a result, the number of labour disputes in 2009 fell significantly compared to 2008.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnamese youth see much better living standard

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 2:07 am

Vietnamese youth see much better living standard

QĐND – Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 21:31 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese youth enjoy a much better standard of living than they did just five years ago, according to the Survey Assessment of Vietnamese Youth released in Hanoi on June 1.

The survey, based on the responses of 10,050 young people aged 14-25 in every city and province in the country, was conducted by the General Department of Population and Family Planning, the General Statistics Office, the Asian Development Bank and the Project on HIV/AIDS Prevention in Young People.

Similar to results in the first survey in 2005, Vietnamese youth reported being optimistic about the country’s rapid development which has given them opportunities and confidence in their future.

The survey results suggested young people had better access to education, jobs, and information than just five years ago. Over 70 percent of respondents thought that their material lives would be better in three years’ time.

Family remained the firmest support for young people, but the survey also gathered extensive information about Vietnamese youth in such areas as health, employment, and awareness and attitudes towards important issues in life.

The new survey also found that the dropout rate, particularly those under 15, was much lower than in the 2005 survey. Nearly 40 percent of the interviewees said “to keep going to school” was their first wish for the next five years, while getting good academic marks was not only their dream but also their parents’ top priority.

The northwest witnessed the lowest rate of young people attending school (86 percent), compared to an overall average of 97 percent.

The survey also saw an increasing trend of pre-marital sex among Vietnamese youth. Almost 10 percent of the interviewees admitted having sex before marriage, while 53 percent of young people living in cities and 34 percent of those living in the countryside said premarital sex was acceptable.

On average young males had sex for the first time at the age of 18.2 while the girls had their first experience only slightly younger, at 18.

The survey also showed that acceptance of homosexual behaviour ranged from 9 percent among uneducated respondents to 24 percent among university graduates.

About 60 percent of Vietnamese youth thought prostitution was immoral, while 20 percent thought prostitution could be understandable in some certain circumstances.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Children still need better social care

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Children still need better social care

QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:11 (GMT+7)

Vietnam currently has several millions of children living in poor families, over 200,000 orphans and handicapped children, and thousands of child victims of Agent Orange and HIV/AIDS in need of intensive care and treatment, according to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).

Dr. Tran Thi Thanh Thanh, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Association for the Protection of Children’s Rights (VAPCR), gave an interview to a VOV reporter on International Children’s Day (June 1).

VOV: As head of the VAPCR, one of Vietnam’s first social organisations for children’s affairs, can you tell us about the major activities that the Association is carrying out?

Dr. Thanh: The VAPCR was only established recently but has been already implementing some pilot models of services. The first is one to build a community-based children protection network in two hamlets in Ninh Hai commune, Ninh Hoa district in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa. In these two hamlets, there are 1,000 children living in sub-standard conditions, including 100 in special difficulties. The Association has set up a volunteer group consisting of 15 members who have a knowledge of the laws and the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. They are also provided with child protection skills. The VAPCR has also established children’s clubs to promote mutual understanding. In the future, we will expand this model in more remote areas where the local people are not fully aware of children’s rights.

VOV: What do you think of the average Vietnamese person’s awareness of children’s rights?

Dr. Thanh: Public awareness of children’s rights in Vietnam has recently made some remarkable progress. Previously, many Vietnamese people did not know what children’s rights were, and some did not even accept that children as any rights. At present, most people accept that children have rights. However, there remains a difference in the level of people’s awareness. Children’s rights should be written into the country’s socio-economic development plans, especially programmes on nutrition and education. Even so, people living in remote areas have not yet been made fully aware of children’s rights so they often break the law.

VOV: For many years you have been involved in protecting children’s rights. What experiences do you want to share with others?

Dr. Thanh: I have an unforgettable memory of when I visited a class in Da Bac district in the northern province of Hoa Binh. Before I went there, I had heard that the class was the best of its kind in Da Bac, as the local authorities there offer many incentive policies for poor children. After the class, many pupils’ parents claimed that they had to buy books for their children. The school did not buy books for poor pupils as they had promised. After that, I realised that hearing reports is not enough, you need to make fact-finding tours and listen to local people’s opinions. Fact-finding trips have helped me a lot in my management work.

VOV: Vietnam was the second country in the world and the first country in Asia to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 20 years ago. Has the country since introduced a comprehensive system on child protection?

Dr. Thanh: Vietnam has developed a comprehensive system to ensure children’s rights at all levels. We also built an action plan for children from central to grassroots levels. However, most of the officials and staff, who had been equipped with professional skills for child protection and care, changed their careers after the administrative reforms. Therefore, the country now faces a shortage of staff in charge of children’s affairs.

VOV: What message do you want to send to children and their parents on International Children’s Day?

Dr. Thanh: The message I want to send to them is that the Party and State always offer incentive policies for disadvantaged children. If any children have difficulties, they should let other people know and call for help. Children should focus on their studies, raise their self confidence and understand the incentive policies they are enjoying. For adults, I want to tell them that there are many underprivileged children in our country and we should also work together to ensure a better future for children.

VOV: Thank you.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Better healthcare services for the disabled

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Better healthcare services for the disabled

QĐND – Saturday, May 29, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

The Party and State always pay attention to offering equal treatment and taking care of the living conditions of people with disabilities.

National Assembly (NA) deputies on May 28 focused their discussion on the draft law on the disabled.

They stressed the need to have a specific law to ensure the rights and interests of the disabled. The draft law on the disabled includes 10 chapters and 54 articles, including amendments to Chapter 10 regulating the responsibility to assess the level of disabilities of handicapped people so that they can enjoy State subsidies in line with their disabilities.

The draft law emphasizes the State‘s role in encouraging agencies, businesses and organisations to employ the disabled. Those businesses at which 50 percent of the staff are the disabled will enjoy an exemption of business income tax and preferential loans.

NA delegates said that the State should offer incentive policies for businesses at which the disabled account for 30 percent of their staff. Those businesses which do not create jobs for the disabled must contribute to charity funds in support of them.

They also agreed that better healthcare and transport services should be given to the disabled, who should also be provided with better conditions for rehabilitation.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Deputies push for better forecasting work

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 5:14 am

Deputies push for better forecasting work

QĐND – Friday, May 28, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

A number of National Assembly (NA) deputies emphasised the need to improve the quality of forecasting and statistics while discussing the socio-economic development plan and state budget in 2009 and the first few months of 2010.

Deputies Nguyen Van Tuyet and Ngo Van Minh, from Yen Bai and Quang Nam provinces respectively, shared this view with many other deputies at the NA session in Hanoi on May 27, citing large differences between the predicted and achieved figures for some major targets.

For example, the state revenues collected were almost VND 51.69 trillion higher than the estimated figure for just two months, equivalent to 3% of the country’s GDP or close to half of 2009’s overspend.

The deficit in last year’s balance of payments was US$8.8 billion, while the amount reported at the 6th NA meeting was just US$1.9 billion.

This influenced the NA’s decisions on how to deal with the over-spend and when mapping out plans for the following year, they said.

Vo Tuan Nhan, from Quang Ngai province and other deputies said that the government’s report seemed to focus on economic issues but failed to make accurate assessments on social and environmental matters.

Deputies Do Thi Huyen Tam from Bac Ninh and Ngo Van Minh from Quang Nam, pointed out that eight out of the 25 unmet targets were directly related to the social and environmental fields.

Worthy of note is that only 50% of the existing industrial and export-processing zones have certified waste treatment systems, 10% less than the figures for 2008.

The deputies asked the government to tackle this issue promptly as it will affect the country’s efforts to promote sustainable development and improve the public’s living conditions.

At the session, many deputies agreed that the poverty line that has been applied since 2006 is no longer suitable as the consumer price index (CPI) has kept growing, widening the gap between rich and poor.

They proposed that the government take drastic measures to control prices, adopt new poverty standards and combine poverty reduction programmes more efficiently to put an end to overlapping.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Following Uncle’s Ho example to serve people better

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 9:03 am

A meeting on late President’s 120th birthday, held in the HCMC’s Opera House, honored individuals and organizations that have done an excellent job following the Ho Chi Minh example.

Participants confer at the meeting on late President’s 120th birthday, held in the HCMC’s Opera House on May 19.(Photo:SGGP)

All honorees share the following traits: they studied in school, gained experience from work and sought to love and serve people with the same heart Uncle Ho exhibited throughout his extraordinary life.

Du Hue Lien, a retiree of Ward 11, District 5, said she feels touched each time she hears stories about Ho Chi Minh.  Lien’s area is 45 percent Chinese; most are poor. Therefore, Lien and other sponsors established a charity fund to help poor families.

With the fund, families were lent between VND6 million – 10 million (US $315 – $526) in order to establish businesses and continue their children’s education, Lien said.

She also helped many people find employment by placing them in contact with hiring companies. Lien’s proactive approach to helping her fellow citizens of Ward 11 has inspired them try to build a community based on peace and safety.

She said that Uncle Ho Thought teaches that anything that advantages the people is worth doing.

Attempting to adhere to Ho Chi Minh’s thought, she has tried to do things that bring happiness to people. Doing good deeds have made her happy throughout her life, Lien added.

Nguyen Ngoc Hoa, Party chief of Saigon Co.op in Ho Chi Minh City, gave two norms he strives master as head of the supermarket chain: devoting his heart and soul to work and maintaining a commitment to the customers.

Saigon Co.op has become a well-recognized brand name that is familiar to customers.

Hoa said the company has grown because of the people working for it.  He communicates with staff members from the heart and believes in them from the moment of initial recruitment through their employment tenures.

He displays his own work ethic in order to inspire his workers to do better. In addition, Hoa explained that he organizes customer surveys twice per year to collect customers’ opinion and ensure their future satisfaction.

The opinions of customers helps the company do better and develop, he said.

Party Chief and Chairman of the Nhuan Duc Commune People’s Committee, Nguyen Van Ne, said that his role was to instruct people on how to implement Party and State law.

Chairman Duc follows to Ho Chi Minh’s thought concerning the modification of work styles, prevention of officialdom that would distance him from people. He implores party members in his commune to follow Ho Chi Minh’s example. Additionally, he said always leads first, by example.

Party chief of Tan Binh District, Nguyen Thi Kim Hoang, concentrates on modifying styles of work to resolve peoples’ complaints.

Hoang asked cadres to attend meetings on time and to refrain from over-talking issues, insisting they focus on crucial matters with focus, in order to solve problems.  Yesterday, the convention recognized Hoang as an exemplary official, worthy of emulation.

Following Ho Chi Minh’s thought she has helped people define their goals and actualize their potential. As a result, the number of young cadres and women has increased significantly.

The prominent aspects of Ho Chi Minh’s example are strong ideals, an unyielding will, a brilliant mind, and special attention paid to the concerns of common people. He had a close link with the people and knew how to delegate power to talented individuals. All these characteristics helped Ho Chi Minh make the right decisions as he successfully carried out Vietnam’s revolutionary cause despite the numerous hardships Vietnam faced in the revolutionary era.

Source: SGGP

Better strategies needed in order to maximize economic potential of Mekong Delta

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 8:51 am

The Trade-Tourism-Investment Promotion Centers established in the Mekong Delta have underachieved do insufficient cooperation and an overemphasis on industry.

Gao Giong eco-tourism area in Dong Thap Muoi marsh in Dong Thap Province.

Most of the programs have focused on foreign investment, primarily the construction of factories and have not paid enough attention to local markets, environmental concerns, and infrastructure.

“The regional cities and provinces should join hands together to present an image of the Mekong Delta that attracts foreign investment, especially leading high-tech groups and countries with expertise developing agriculture” said Mr. Luu Phuoc Luong, deputy head of the Government Steering Board of South West Region.

However, in order to develop the region as intended, more attention must be paid to local concerns.  Also, the total capital invested in Vietnam by the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) must not exceed 10 percent of the national FDI target.

According to Mr. Bui Quoc Trung, deputy head of Foreign Investment Department of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, only Can Tho City, and the Long An, Hau Giang and Kien Giangn provinces have administered FDI policies fairly.

The Mekong Delta Information Center, a project created under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, will provide information of economy, society, trade, agriculture, tourism and more of Mekong Delta region to local and foreign enterprises and investors.

Based in Ho Chi Minh City, the project, has been budgeted at more than VND100 billion (US$5 million).  It is scheduled to kick off in the second quarter of this year and become operational by the fourth quarter of 2011.


Source: SGGP