Vietnam- one of leading nations in achieving MDGs

At a forum on Partnership for Maternal and Child Health organized by the World Health Organization lately in South Africa, Vietnam is one of ten leading nations that are successful in implementing the Millennium Development Goals for women and children’s health.

The highlights of the forum are to reduce deaths in children under one year old and five year old; decrease the maternal death and improved health services and accessibility for poor pregnant women.

Vietnam was applauded for within 20 years; the country has seen a three time decrease in maternal mortality ratio from 233 deaths over 100,000 in 1990 to 61.9 per 100,000 in 2013.

Moreover,  the number of deaths in children under five declined two-folded from 59 child deaths per 1,000 births in 1990 to 23 per 1,000 births in 2013; the rates of deaths in infant under one year old dropped  from  44,4 child deaths per 1,000 births in 1990 to 15,3 per 1,000 in 2013 and the malnutrition children under five fell from 41 percent in 1990 to 15.3 percent in 2013.

Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien stressed that the support all agencies and international organizations in implementing integrated health care networks in rural villages of ethnic minority groups.

In past years, the health sector has adopted measures to strengthen the system and improve medical service quality in clinics in districts. It has included the primary healthcare program such as expanded immunization, fighting against malnutrition, and breastfeeding into the Millennium Development Goals for women and children’s health.

Though the Southeast Asian country achieved in mother and children healthcare mission, the country is facing challenges including the living difference between rural and urban districts, and population groups. It needs more efforts to gain all targets in 2015.

Accordingly, the government and the entire machinery of state must be mobilized to participate in to accomplish the set targets.

By Lam Tuong - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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