|The event is the first to be held to raise funds to fill the gap of international aid that has been given to Viet Nam in the last 50 years, according to Lotta Sylwander, a representative of UNICEF Viet Nam.— File Photo
HCM CITY (VNS)— The United Nation Children's Fund (UNICEF) will hold the UNICEF ZERO awards at the InterContinental Asian Hotel in HCM City on December 5 to raise funds to reduce the preventable deaths of children to zero.
The event is the first to be held to raise funds to fill the gap of international aid that has been given to Viet Nam in the last 50 years, according to Lotta Sylwander, a representative of UNICEF Viet Nam.
Much of that international aid has now been reduced as Viet Nam was declared a middle-income country by the UN in 2010.
UNICEF ZEROawards will also raise funds to honour inviduals, organisations and businesses that have contributed to the goal of reducing the number of preventable child deaths and vulnerable children to zero.
The funds raised from the event will support children throughout Viet Nam, especially in HCM City and the provinces of Lao Cai, Dien Bien, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Ninh Thuan, An Giang and Dong Thap.
It is an initiative of Believe in ZERO, a global UNICEF campaign launched in Viet Nam this year that aims to reduce the number of preventable children deaths to zero, the number of exploited or abused children to zero, the number of children deprived of clean water and the number denied access to school to zero.
Sylwander said the campaign would be founded on the belief that no child should ever die from a preventable cause and that all children should grow up in a healthy environment, receive comprehensive education and have a bright future.
UNICEF believes that the support of the community, along with today's medical and technological advances, will eventually lead to zero preventable child deaths in Viet Nam.
According to the latest statistics and surveys, Viet Nam has 2 million children who have suffered permanent physical and brain damage caused by malnutrition.
In Viet Nam, 100 children die every day because of preventable causes like diarrhea or pneumonia. Three million children do not have access to clean water and one child dies every hour due mainly to drowning or traffic accidents. — VNS