22/05/2015 09:50 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Vietnam boosts public spending on population programmes

Hanoi, May 21 (VNA) – In recent years, the budget for national family planning programmes sourced from the State and foreign funds climbed 15 and 25 percent respectively, a research study unveiled on May 21.

The report examined the performance and continued feasibility of the Party Central Committee’s Resolution 47-NQ/TW on improving population control nationwide, which was introduced in 2005.

The study results show that Vietnam has stabilised its population, which reached 90.6 million people in 2014 and is expected to rise to no more than 93 million in 2015 and 98 million in 2020.

The living standards of locals are also on the rise, with medical services improved. More women are taking screenings during pregnancy and the rate of malnourished children under five years old has been reduced to 15.3 percent. The average life expectancy reached 73.1 years in 2013 from 72 years in 2005.

On the other hand, the country needs to handle the challenges of an aging population, gender imbalance and increasing migration to urban areas.

Participating experts proposed a policy switch from mainly focusing on family planning to also considering more comprehensive issues such as reproductive health and welfare services.

Related campaigns are required to facilitate local access to reliable information sources, they emphasised.

Government agencies and provincial authorities should regularly put population policy on the agenda while discussing their development action plans, the experts said.