Top 10 highlights of population and family planning sector in 2014

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NDO - The General Department of Population and Family Planning made public on December 29 the sector’s top ten highlights of 2014.

1. Vietnam maintains replacement level

2006 marked a major turning point in history for Vietnam's population and family planning sector as the country reached the replacement fertility rate.

Since then, Vietnam has maintained a steady replacement fertility rate, which has profoundly impacted the country’s socio-economic development.

2. Sex ratio at birth falls to 112.2/100 for first time

From 2006 to 2013, the sex ratio at birth in Vietnam continued to increase year after year. In 2013, the sex ratio at birth was 113.8 male births for every 100 female births. In 2014, it was reduced to 112.2 male births per 100 female births thanks to the joint efforts of sectors, localities and people across the country.

However, the imbalance between male and female babies born in Vietnam is still high.

3. “Every couple should have two children”

“Every couple should have two children” has become a key motto in the communication work to call on people to implement family planning policy in order to maintain a reasonably low birth rate, stabilise the population and gradually improve the quality of the population, making an important contribution to national construction and development.

4. Successful implementation of population control project in coastal, sea and islands areas

In 2009, the Prime Minister signed Decision 52/2009/QD-TTg approving the project with the aim to control the population size and quality of coastal, sea and island areas, contributing to the successful implementation of population and family planning policies and the objectives of the Vietnam's Marine Strategy until 2020.

After five years of implementation, the project has significantly contributed to the population cause, and firmly safeguarding national sea and island sovereignty.

5. Electronic statistics report system on population implemented throughout the country

The system has contributed to securing the transfer of information, and the electronic data warehouse specialising on population and family planning at district, provincial and central levels, as well as serving the management of population and family planning in a quick and efficient manner.

6. The launch of Journalists' Club with population work

The club was launched by a large number of journalists and editors who specialise on population and family planning work.

A national press contest on population has attracted hundreds of articles in different genres and media.

7. The International Day of the Girl Child (October 11) held in Vietnam for the first time

The International Day of the Girl Child (October 11) was successfully organised thanks to a one-month campaign to raise awareness about the causes and consequences of gender-biased sex selection.

The campaign was held jointly by the General Department of Population and Family Planning in co-ordination with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Ministry of Health, the Vietnam Farmers' Association, and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.

8. Gia Dinh va Xa Hoi Newspaper marks 15th anniversary and receives Labour Order, second class

Established in January, 1999, Gia Dinh va Xa Hoi (Family and Society) Newspaper is the official organ of the General Department of Population and Family Planning.

In 2014, it marked the 15th anniversary and received the Labour Order, second class.

9. Digital map of Vietnam population released

The Digital Map of Vietnam Population was built on the basis of population and family planning statistics collected across the country in order to provide information on population and family planning to serve social-economic development planning in localities, region and the whole country.

10. Successful Organisation of ASEAN Conference on Aging

The conference drew the participation of 10 countries in ASEAN and ASEAN partners with an aim to jointly discuss the problem of the aging population in Southeast Asia as well as finding solutions to adapting to the rapid demographic change in the region.

The conference was held on the sidelines of the ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting, held for the first time in Hanoi from September 15 to 19.

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