11/07/2015 11:04 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Hanoi observes World Population Day

Hanoi, July 10 (VNA) – A meeting was held in Hanoi on July 10 in response to World Population Day (July 11), aiming to support reproductive healthcare and family planning for locals vulnerable to natural disasters.

The event was jointly organised by the Ministry of Health, the Hanoi People’s Committee and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Addressing the function, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu said the Party and State view population management and family planning pivotal components of the national development strategy as well as fundamental factors to improving public living standards.

He noted that Vietnam has seen significant achievements in the field, such as reducing the birth rate and increasing longevity.

Vietnam is considered one of the five developing countries most vulnerable to climate change, especially rising sea level, which pose challenges for population management and family planning.

Aware of this, Vietnam has spared no efforts in mitigating the impacts of natural calamities while ensuring reproductive health and family planning services for residents in vulnerable regions, he said.

He asked the Ministry of Health to review policies and complete a legal framework for the field.

The ministry should enhance communication campaigns, especially among women, children, and youth, about risks and self-protection measures before, during and after natural disasters.

Relevant ministries, departments and local authorities need to actively coordinate to guarantee reproductive healthcare for locals.

Representative of the UNFPA Ritsu Nacken said Vietnam needs thorough preparations to cope with natural disasters

The UNFPA will cooperate with the Vietnamese Government and other development partners to provide care for Vietnamese nationals, she said, adding that when natural disasters occur, the organisation will provide prompt humanitarian aid for women and girls.