|A health worker provides useful information to ethnic minority women in Phu Yen Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's current social service network is not capable of meeting actual demand, a senior official admitted at an international workshop on Monday.
Nguyen Van Hoi, General Director of the Social Protection Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), said that the country now has 432 centres that employ 35,000 social workers.
However, these numbers fall far short when compared with the 9 million senior citizens, 6.7 million people with disabilities, 1.5 million disadvantaged children, hundreds of thousands of HIV/AIDS victims and commercial sex workers prostitutes, and around 9.6 per cent of poor households in the country that need social welfare services, he added.
While noting that the Prime Minister had approved a social work development project, called Project 32, in 2010, workshop participants said not much progress had been made since.
They suggested fine-tuning legal regulations and setting up a code of ethics and standards for social workers that are already applied in many countries.
They also called on organisations and individuals at home and abroad to fund and develop social services in Viet Nam
The workshop was jointly organised by the MoLISA, the Association of Vocational Training and Social Work and the United Nations Children's Fund. — VNS