|Students of the Kim Lien Junior Secondary School and the Lang Sen Primary School in the central province of Nghe An were given 1,300 free helmets yesterday. Viet Nam is dedicating June as the Month of Action for Children, focusing particularly on community care and protection. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tung
HAI DUONG (VNS) — Viet Nam is dedicating June as the Month of Action for Children with the motto "Let's Hear Children", calling for communities to protect and care for children's health.
Addressing an event on Saturday in Hai Duong Province, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam called on people to listen to children and help them grow.
Concerned about the 1.5 million disadvantaged children and around 2.5 million children at risk of becoming disadvantaged, the Deputy PM urged adults to translate mottos into actions.
According to Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen, over the past years, many measures had been implemented at all levels to protect and care for children, especially as many of them were vulnerable to the negative impacts of economic recession, climate change and environmental pollution.
Many policies and programmes for children are in place, such as the National Action Programme for Children, the National Programme for Protecting Children and Free Medical Examinations for Children aged under six.
Viet Nam approved the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child 25 years ago to ensure children had four groups of basic rights – the right of survival, the right of development, the right of being protected and the right of children's participation, Chuyen said.
But she said more efforts were needed.
At the event, the Vietnam Children Sponsor Fund received VND20 billion ($920,000) in donations from organisations and individuals to implement programmes and projects for impoverished and disabled children.
The fund also sponsored 30 impoverished students who had excelled at school.
In HCM City, the annual two-day Children's Health Care programme, which offers free medical exams, kicked off last Saturday at the 23/9 Park in District 1.
Staff at the Viet Nam Association for Protection of Children's Rights in the southern region handed out leaflets to parents and children.
Organisers said they expected 10,000 people to attend the event over the weekend.
Truong Thi Tuyet, a representative of the association, said the leaflets provided information on accident prevention and emergency aid.
Children and their parents were also advised on children's rights and the Law on Marriage and Family at the association's booth.
Tuyet said attendees were also given information about child abuse, and told to call the association to report or discuss problems related to suspected abuse.
For Tu Le Thanh from District 1, the event was a chance for her to bring her 18-month daughter to the city's Nutrition Centre booth to receive free vitamin A tablets.
"I felt relieved when the doctor told me that my daughters' nutritional levels were fine," she said.
Children also received free eye and dental examinations. During the weekend, children received gifts from the programme's organisers and had an opportunity to play games.
Parents and caregivers at children's shelters were given information about disease prevention.
At the event, medical staff at the Tu Du and Hung Vuong Obstetrics Hospital were advised on the benefits of prenatal and newborn screening.
Started in 2013, the programme was organised by the HCM City Public Health Association in co-operation with the city's Department of Health and the HCM Communist Youth Union. — VNS