History of UNFPA in Viet Nam

UNFPA has been active in Viet Nam since 1977, when it established the first Joint Cooperative Programme with the Government, providing some USD 160 million in assistance. Since then, we have worked to improve people’s access to quality sexual and reproductive health services, supported the collection and use of high-quality population data, facilitated policy dialogue and helped the Government in developing, implementing and monitoring evidence-based policies related to sexual and reproductive health, population and development, and gender.

At central level, we have worked with the National Assembly, the Communist Party and the ministries of Health; Planning and Investment; Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs; Culture, Sports and Tourism; Education and Training; Finance; Foreign Affairs, and others. We have also partnered with UN agencies, the donor community, international and local NGOs, social organizations and the media.

At provincial level, we have worked with partners such as the People’s Committees and other provincial departments to provide technical and financial support for the implementation of UNFPA programmes in provinces across Viet Nam. These partnerships have helped ensure the effectiveness of UNFPA support to improve the quality and use of sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, and helped promote gender equality and women's empowerment, especially in poor and remote areas.