UNFPA has been active in Viet Nam and established the first Joint Cooperative Programme with the government since 1977, providing some USD 160 million in assistance. We aim to improve people’s access to quality sexual and reproductive health services including family planning, support in collecting and utilizing high-quality population data, contribute to policy dialogue and help the government in developing and implementing evidence based policies and programmes related to sexual and reproductive health, gender and to population and development issues.
At central level, we have worked with the Party, National Assembly, government agencies including Ministry of Health; Ministry of Planning and Investment; Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism; Ministry of Education and Training; Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other line ministries. We have also partnered with other UN agencies, the donor community, international and local NGOs, mass organisations, civil society organisations, private sectors and the media to ensure the coordination and support to the population and reproductive health sector.
At the provincial level, we have worked with the government implementing partners including People’s Committee and other related departments and offices in providing technical and financial support for the implementation of the UNFPA programmes in some selected provinces representing different geographic areas such as Northern upland, Red River Delta, Central Coast, Central Highland and Mekong River Delta, etc. This partnership has helped ensure the effectiveness and impact of the UNFPA support to improve the quality and utilization of SRH services for Vietnamese people, especially women, men, adolescents in poor, remote and mountainous areas.
Within the One Plan 2012-2016, with direction of moving forward to policy upstream, UNFPA in partnership with other UN agencies to support Viet Nam’s Government in three focus areas: 1) Inclusive, Equitable and Sustainable Growth; 2) Access to Quality Essential Services and Social Protection; 3) Governance and Participation. In this regard, we will continue working with the line ministries in the central level, parliament, mass organizations, civil society and some provinces to support Viet Nam in the development and implementation of policies and strategies which aims at improving the quality of life of Vietnamese people.