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Tools for » Health Promotion: Alcohol harm reduction and prevention
Project ID:00071426Description:Health Promotion
Viet Nam One Plan Fund II
Start Date *: 10 Dec 2009
OP 2006 Social Services
End Date*: 30 Jun 2012
Country: Viet Nam Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   WHO - World Health Organization

Social  Services

The UN has prioritized programmes for the establishment of international norms and standards in health care. Support on communicable disease control helped to ensure that Viet Nam played its part in the Western Pacific Region of WHO achieving polio-free certification in 2000, and to control Malaria. Policy and strategy development was supported in health service financing and management, insurance, health information, legislation, and human resources. Emerging threats such as SARS, avian influenza and dengue were addressed with considerable resources, developing disease surveillance, epidemic prevention and control, and establishing a laboratories network. Promotion of a healthy lifestyle, food safety, road safety, and healthy environments were pursued to address the growing epidemic on non-communicable and other lifestyle-related diseases.

In the area of population and development and reproductive health (PD/RH) the first clinical standards and guidelines on RH care services and the National Advocacy and Behaviour Change Communication Strategy for PD/RH were developed -an encouraging step towards achieving the primary goal of ICPD on universal access to RH by the year 2015. In addition, the UN advocated and promoted gender related issues especially Domestic Violence when working with the National Assembly and other key organisations and agencies.

The UN has facilitated cross-border cooperation between Viet Nam and neighbouring countries against trafficking of women and children, and against drug trafficking. The UN has also contributed to improve children’s health, in support of the country’s progress towards achieving MDG 4 on child mortality. Micronutrient deficiencies have been decreased and pilot models have been developed on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, childhood injury prevention, child-friendly learning environments, child and adolescent participation and healthy-living life skills education. In support of the country’s ongoing efforts in trying to achieve MDG 6 and to fulfil Viet Nam’s obligations under the 2001 Declaration of Commitment of the UNGASS on HIV, the UN has led advocacy and coordination on HIV in Viet Nam and has supported the Government in developing a more progressive, open and multisectoral approach to HIV and re-defining HIV as a social issue, and not a social evil.The rights of and contributions by PLHIV have been increasingly acknowledged. The UN has advocated for the voluntary participation at the community level of PLHIV in service delivery and advocating for the reduction of stigma and discrimination of PLHIV. Treatment has been expanded, along with care and support. Work with the Party, mass organisations, and the National Assembly has been intensified and a National M&E Framework on HIV was approved in January 2007.

In education, the UN has assisted the Government in its efforts to improve equitable access to quality education for all. The UN, together with the international partners, assisted the government to develop a National Education for All Plan 2003- 2015, a strategic roadmap for education development in Viet Nam. Furthermore, the UN has supported the development of national and local capacities in education planning and management; the establishment of inclusive and child-friendly education; and development of effective policies and laws in the education sector, particularly to ensure the rights to quality education for disadvantaged groups. Donor coordination has also strengthened under the Education Sector Group, in which the UN has helped facilitate dialogue towards a more effective, harmonized approach to international assistance for the achievement of national objectives.

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