Vietnam

We're improving healthcare

We've been working in Vietnam since 1990, helping the most disadvantaged children and their families. With the government, we're improving healthcare for mums and young children, supporting better nutrition and helping children stay safe.

Around a third of children under five in Vietnam don't get the nutritious food they need. As a result, they grow up stunted. Our nutrition programme aims to improve the diets of children under two and women, especially in rural areas where there are high ethnic minority populations.

Working with the government, we've brought our nutrition advice services to a quarter of Vietnam's provinces. We're promoting breastfeeding, and we've trained health workers to spread information about good nutrition.

Through our food security and livelihoods work, we're helping make sure that the most vulnerable families can get nutritious food. This includes helping the poorest families to rear livestock and grow their own vegetables.

A stronger health system

The government of Vietnam has made significant progress in improving the country's health system. But it can still be hard for mums and babies to access high quality care, especially in rural areas.

We're improving hospital care by helping doctors and nurses keep their learning up-to-date, and supplying medical equipment and setting up newborn care centres. At a local level, we're training midwives and community health workers to make sure that mothers in the poorest communities have access to medical care.

Keeping children safe

Our local approach to child protection encourages children to monitor and report issues within their community. By running clubs where children can learn about their rights, we empower them to speak out about domestic violence, sexual exploitation, abuse and dangerous work. We also directly support children who've been affected by these issues.

Many children in Vietnam work in the textile industry, often working up to 17 hours a day for little pay. As well as supporting working children in Ho Chi Minh city, we're training local authorities across the country to monitor the textile industry and push for alternatives to child labour.

Learning for all

For children from ethnic minority groups in Vietnam, it can be hard to access quality education. School enrolment levels are lower among these children. When they do get into school, many struggle to understand Vietnamese, which is not spoken at home.

We're pioneering a new bilingual education programme for ethnic minority children. This involves recruiting local language teaching assistants, and training education officials, teachers and managers to develop learning strategies for children from minority ethnic groups.

Read about more of our work in Asia.

Dinh, 11, is forced to collect muddy and unsafe drinking water from a nearby river.

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