|Viet Nam takes steps to protect children from accidents and injuries|
|Detail:|| Viet Nam Population, Family and Children Committee in coordination with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have initiated a project to protect children from accidents and injuries nationwide from 2006-2010. During the first stage of this project (2003-2005), local community's awareness was raised for protecting children from accidents and injuries, especially in difficult and remote areas. In the second stage, the project will help people across the nation access information for children's safety and develop models for protecting children from accidents and injuries in the community.|
Traffic accidents, food poisoning, drowning, burns, abuse and violence, were the main causes of child deaths in Viet Nam according to a recent survey conducted by the Health Ministry and medical schools. Child mortality rate due to accidents represents 75 percent, while those caused by infectious and chronic diseases are 12 percent and 15 percent, respectively.
In a workshop attended by representatives from UNICEF, Health, Transportation and Police Ministries and the Committees for Population, Family and Children, it was recommended that protection of children from accidents and injuries would be effective only if the whole community practiced recommended measures.