Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Investing in the education and health, including sexual and reproductive health, of young people is of utmost importance to Việt Nam’s productivity and development in the future, Nguyễn Anh Tuấn, secretary of the HCM Communist Youth Union Central Committee, has said.
Speaking at a workshop on the implementation of “Youth led initiatives on promoting access to sexual and reproductive health information and services for Vietnamese youth and adolescents” held this morning, Tuấn said the youth played a significant role in the country’s growth and they represented an increasingly large proportion of the labour force.
“However, young people still lacked vital knowledge and life-skills on safe sex and consensual relationships, facing considerable barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health services,” Tuấn said.
Sexual education for young people remained limited, particularly for ethnic minorities, migrants or those living in rural areas, he said.
Young people were, therefore, at risk of early and unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortion and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, Tuấn said.
Six youth-led initiatives were implemented in one year in Hà Nội, central Quảng Bình Province, central Đà Nẵng City and northern Hải Dương City.
The beneficiaries are high school students, female workers aged18-30, disabled youth and deaf people.
The total funds for the six initiatives are VNĐ314.9 million (US$14,100).
Ritsu Nacken, UNFPA deputy representative in Việt Nam, said, “The participation of young people in designing and analysing the policies that affect them is one way to ensure that the policies and services respond to their actual needs.”
Evidence showed that working in partnership with young people was an essential component of any successful youth programme, she said.
The workshop in Hà Nội was organised by the HCM Youth Union via the Central Centre for Youth and Adolescent with technical support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Six youth-led initiatives were selected from a competition launched in May 2015 calling for the development of innovative and practical initiatives promoting access to sexual and reproductive health information and services for Vietnamese youth. — VNS