Vietnam Children

About Vietnam

Save the Children's initial ground-breaking nutrition program has evolved into a more comprehensive set of interventions that address the principal health difficulties facing Vietnam's mothers and their young children. Key project components include safe home deliveries, malnutrition rehabilitation, and exclusive breastfeeding. Many poor Vietnamese women do not have access to financial services which would enable them to establish livelihoods and provide economic security for their children. Save the Children's rural and urban microfinance programs offer small loans to groups of women who guarantee each other in lieu of formal collateral.

Facts About

More than 91.7 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 11 years

23 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $4 a day

Our Work

Our Child Survival project uses the positive deviance approach as well as community meeting techniques to reduce maternal and under-five mortality in rural ethnic communities. Save the Children's school-based HIV prevention efforts entail close collaboration with the Ministry of Education in the development of a national action plan to promote reproductive health and HIV education in secondary schools. HIV and AIDS prevention messages are also distributed to young people through the public school system.

Our Early Childhood Care and Development project applies a holistic approach to address the health and educational needs of children under six. Save the Children builds the capacity of health service providers, preschool teachers, and families to ensure that young children receive the best possible care in their formative years of life. Save the Children's Reading for Children initiative prepares disadvantaged children, particularly ethnic minority children, for primary school by building their cognitive and pre-literacy skills at an early age. Early learning opportunities have proven to be a highly effective means to provide poor children the head start they need to do well in school.

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 320
from harm

supported 36,159
in times of crisis

provided 8,496,083 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 23,007 families
feed their children

gave 8,488,928 children
vital nourishment

Sponsor A Child

Since 2013, Save the Children has worked with local communities and organizations in Vietnam to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Vietnam continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

Sponsor a Child

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015

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