War veterans who turned disability into ability

July 27 is National War Martyrs and Invalids Day, providing an opportunity to thank the millions of people who sacrificed their youth and even their lives for the nation. Việt Nam News reporters Thu Trang and Khánh Dương talked to four heros who overcome their disabilities to run businesses and make positive contributions to society in the post-war period.

Tests interesting but challenging: IBO 2016

The ongoing 27th International Biology Olympiad (IBO 2016) in Hà Nội draws 264 students and 238 teachers from 71 countries and territories, which is reportedly the highest number of participants in the Olympiad so far. This is the first time Việt Nam has hosted a biology competition. On the occasion, some students and teachers share with Việt Nam News reporter Nguyễn Khánh Chi all about love for the science, IBO and the country that all of them are visiting for the first time.

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Are the country’s ambulance services sick?

A clip documenting the refusal of security guards to allow an ambulance transporting a dying baby to leave the Hà Nội Paediatrics Hospital early this month has generated public anger. Health workers and patients shared with Việt Nam News their opinions about health service issues, particularly relating to emergency medical aid.

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Stop polluting the water for the sea to recover

The Government late last month announced the results of a preliminary investigation into the massive fish deaths in four central provinces of Việt Nam, with Formosa being the culprit. In the time to come, much remains to be done to clean up the sea environment and support those whose lives depend on it. Viet Nam News talks to officials, scientists and a representative of fishermen about this issue.

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Lack of protection, education causes child sex abuse

Recently, a school guard of La Pán Tẩn primary school in the northern mountainous province of Lào Cai was investigated for the alleged sexual abuse of 23 schoolgirls, and a male secondary-school teacher was found to have sexually abused his 14-year-old female student in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang.

Outside the country, a Vietnamese entertainer was detained in the US on charges of child sex abuse. The latest statistics from the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs reveal that about 1,000 children are reported to be sexually abused each year. This raises a red flag that points to rampant child sexual abuse in the country. So, what are the causes of this issue? Who can be blamed? Việt Nam News reporters talked to policy-makers, experts, teachers and parents to find the answer.


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Healthcare sector needs to win people’s trust again

Last week, a young girl in Đắk Lắk Province in Việt Nam’s Central Highlands had her leg amputated due to onset of caseation after she was treated in a hospital in the province. Thu Vân talks to a representative from the Health Ministry, a doctor and a parent about the case.