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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

City to display portrait sketches of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm

140 portrait sketches of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers of painters Dang Ai Viet will be displayed at the Southern Women’s Museum in Ho Chi Minh City on October 18.

Painter Dang Ai Viet (R) and Vietnamese Heroic Mother, Thai Thi Tai in highland city of Buon Ma Thuot

The exhibits are selected from 288 works of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers in 24 cities and provinces that the artist met during her trans-country trip.

The paintings depict the different faces of Heroic Mothers whose sons and daughters died in the American War. The works show their happiness and their sorrow.

As a former soldier herself and a mother, the painter understands the pain the Heroic Mothers had to suffer. “They are typical images of Vietnamese women’s sacrifice and indomitable spirit. I want to save all their faces for the next generations,” she said.

“I am a lucky people. I have abundant chances to meet, talk and kiss many heroic mothers. Almost all of them have a great deep pain. I have painted while crying several times” she added.

Painter Dang Ai Viet, 62, is the wife of the late People’s Artist Pham Khac. She has travelled from Ho Chi Minh City to Ha Noi for painting hundreds of Heroic Mothers across the nation.

She divide her project titled “The journey of time” into three periods. In the first stage from February 19 to August 19, she completed 24 portraits of Vietnamese heroic mothers in 24 cities and provinces from the southern province of Dong Nai to the North.

In the second phase from August 25 to February, 2011, she has drawn Heroic Mothers in Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta region.

She will paint Heroic Mothers in some northern provinces in the last step to be kicked off in March, 2011.

The project is expected to finish in September, 2011.

Source: SGGP

Mothers can have longer maternity leave

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm




Mothers can have longer maternity leave


QĐND – Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) is drafting a new policy on breast-feeding so that mothers can have up to six months of maternity leave, said an official of the Ministry.


Mr. Nguyen Trong An, Deputy Director of Mother and Child Protection of MOLISA said that, according to the present regulations, each mother is allowed to have two children with the total maternity leave of eight months and this time is not enough for the mother to implement their motherhood functions.


Vietnam is also among countries that have the highest rate of malnourished children who are under five years old, said Mr. An.


The official also held that one of the reasons why the rate is so high is that Vietnamese children are not breastfed in the first six months of their life.


As a result, mothers should have six months of maternity leave to protect the health of both the mothers and their children.


Source: Thanh Nien/ Photo: baovietnam


Translated by Ngoc Hung


Source: QDND

Only 10 percent of VN mothers breastfeed exclusively

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 7:19 pm




Only 10 percent of VN mothers breastfeed exclusively


QĐND – Saturday, July 31, 2010, 21:21 (GMT+7)

Health experts have called for urgent action to promote breastfeeding nationally in Vietnam.


This follows a recent survey showing that only 10 percent of Vietnamese children are breastfed exclusively during their first six months.


The call for action was launched on July 29 to mark the World Breastfeeding Week organised by the Ministry of Health and the United Nations under the “Alive and Thrive” initiative. The event is being organised in 120 countries.


“Health personnel and healthcare units play an important role in promoting breastfeeding,” said Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Ba Thuy.


“Health staff at maternal and child healthcare units need to tell mothers to breastfeed babies within an hour of birth and to provide guidance on maintaining milk flow,” said Thuy.


Health workers overseas are taught that breastfeeding is more than a lifestyle choice, it’s an important health choice.


Infant formulas cannot match the exact chemical make-up of human milk, especially the cells, hormones, and antibodies that fight disease.


A recent survey showed that in Vietnam, few mothers initiate breastfeeding in the false belief that mother’s milk production is inadequate.


Le Minh Phuong, a state worker in Hanoi, complained that she could not maintain breastfeeding her baby for six months because the law stipulated she had to return to work after four months’ maternity leave.


“It is very difficult for mothers to maintain breastfeeding activities after maternity leave,” she said.


Lack of support from family members and health workers is another barrier to breastfeeding.


“A strong commitment from the health sector, government and international organisations is important”, said the United Nations Fund for Children acting representative in Vietnam Jean Dupraz.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

1,000 heroes and heroic mothers to attend Hanoi’s celebrations

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm




1,000 heroes and heroic mothers to attend Hanoi’s celebrations


QĐND – Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 22:27 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam War Veterans Association in coordination with the Mai Linh Corporation will receive 1,000 heroes and heroic mothers on the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.


This activity has been approved by Deputy Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung.  


On the way to Hanoi, they will take part in meetings to be held at historical places in Dong Thap, Ho Chi Minh City, Dak Lak, Da Nang, Nghe An and Thanh Hoa before reaching the capital of Hanoi.


Their march will take place in 12 days.     


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

South Africa expands AIDS treatment for babies, mothers

In World on December 3, 2009 at 2:34 am

South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday unveiled a dramatic expansion in treatment for pregnant women and babies with HIV, sealing a turnaround in the AIDS fight in the world’s worst-affected country.


Zuma said that all babies with HIV will receive treatment at public facilities from next April, while women will receive care earlier in their pregnancies in a bid to prevent transmission to newborns.


He also announced that he was preparing to take a HIV test himself, and urged the public to do the same.


His speech cemented a sharp break with past policies, when the previous government of Thabo Mbeki questioned the link between HIV and AIDS and promoted garlic and beetroot instead of medication.


“This decision will contribute significantly towards the reduction of infant mortality over time,” Zuma said in a nationally televised speech to mark World AIDS Day.








A young boy is pictured at a shelter for HIV-infected mothers and their children in Johannesburg on November 25.

An estimated 5.7 million of South Africa’s 48 million people have HIV, including 280,000 children, according to the UN AIDS agency.


Currently anti-retroviral drugs are provided to babies based on how weak their immune system has become.


People with both HIV and tuberculosis will also qualify for expanded treatment, while Zuma said every health facility in the country would be equipped to provide care, which is currently limited to a few centres with special accreditation.


“What does this all mean? It means that we will be treating significantly larger numbers of HIV positive patients. It means that people will live longer and more fulfilling lives,” Zuma said.


“It does not mean that people should not use condoms consistently and correctly during every sexual encounter,” he added.


Speaking with a candor rarely seen among African leaders, Zuma also said that he would receive an HIV test.


“I am making arrangements for my own test. I have taken HIV tests before, and I know my status. I will do another test soon,” he said. “I urge you to start planning for your own tests.”


The tone marks a dramatic change for Zuma himself, who in 2006 said that he had showered to wash away the risk of AIDS after having sex with an HIV-positive woman. At the time, he was head of the National AIDS Council.


The new drive aims to meet the government’s goal of halving the number of new infections by 2011 while providing treatment to 80 percent of the people who need it.


Health ministry spokesman Fidel Radebe said the government did not yet have an estimate of how many people would benefit from the new measures, or for how much the expanded treatment would cost.


South Africa runs the world’s largest anti-retroviral programme, but under the existing scheme nearly one million people are still believed to need treatment.


The United States announced that it would provide South Africa with an additional 120 million dollars to buy more drugs over the next two years, in response to a request by Zuma.


Under Mbeki and his health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, South Africa became an international pariah for defying scientific evidence and stalling the roll-out of anti-retroviral drugs.

A recent Harvard study found that 365,000 people died prematurely because of the delay.

Since Zuma took office in May, he has made repeated public statements about the need to fight the disease — in stark contrast to Mbeki’s silence.

The disease has already taken a staggering toll on South Africa.

An estimated 1.5 million children have been orphaned by AIDS. A new study released last month found that by 2015, that number could rise to 5.7 million — or one-third of the nation’s children.


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