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Long An tops nation's new childcare index

Update: June, 19/2014 - 09:00
Medical staff provide free examinations for babies in Hai Lang District, Quang Tri Province. The southern province of Long An ranks first in the country on a novel index for children's rights. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc

HA NOI (VNS) — The southern province of Long An ranks first in the country in a novel index of child rights that began last year.

This was announced at a meeting in Ha Noi yesterday.

Known as the Provincial Child Rights Index (PCRI), the scheme was set up by the Child Care and Protection Department in co-ordination with the Centre for Sustainable Development Policy Studies (CSDP).

HCM City ranks second and Ha Noi eighth. The northern mountainous province of Lai Chau came last out of the 63 provinces and cities.

Nguyen Hai Huu, director of the Child Care and Protection Department, said that the index aimed at supplying domestic and international organisations and the public with detailed information about the implementation of child rights in all provinces and cities in the country.

"Then we can build a safe, friendly and healthy living environment for the children and reduce the differences in children's living condition in various areas," said Huu.

The index is aimed at encouraging provinces and cities to pay more attention to protecting children's rights, he said.

The PCRI assessed provinces and cities on five norms - investment in child care and protection work; children's health; protection against being abused, violence and accidents; the rate of children joining social activities, and the numbers that go to school.

Vu Ngoc Anh, director of the CSDP, said that the index had some limitations as the norms did not represent all factors related to child care and protection.

A research team will continue to improve the index, for instance, by supplementing the index with the rate of children able to access clean water and standard toilets, the rate of those who join forums and clubs, he said. — VNS

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