NINH THUAN – The southern Ninh Thuan province has made remarkable progress on children's development, says a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) report.
The report, "Analysis of the Situation of Children in Ninh Thuan", aims to support the province in planning and funding.
The report said the achievement of socio-economic development in the province had greatly improved the lives of children.
Spending on health, education and social welfare so far this year had increased by 114 per cent compared to the same period last year.
"The commitment to children's rights is paying off, contributing to improvements in education, health and survival outcomes for children, said UNICEF deputy representative Jesper Moller.
"More children in Ninh Thuan are now in school; birth registration, health insurance and child vaccination have become routine; child mortality has decreased; many more children have access to clean water and sanitation."
The report showed that Ninh Thuan struggled with a high infant mortality rate, at close to 23 per 1,000 live births; the province had the fourth-highest rate of new HIV infections nationwide, at 34 per 100,000; only a low percentage of rural and urban households used appropriate sanitary latrines (62 per cent of households).
The province still had a high stunting rate, with one in three children under five stunted, while the literacy rate amongst female over 15 years old was 83 per cent, among the lowest in the country, the report said.
The report also highlighted risks which might damage the quality of children's lives, including climate change, pollution and the differences in the socio-economic status between ethnic groups, among others.
UNICEF has been carrying out this type of projects on child development since 2006 in eight provinces and cities, including Binh Thuan, Kon Tom, Lao Cai, Dien Bien, HCM City.– VNS