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Health care for 3000 low-income workers in Vietnam

by For Vietnamese Stature Foundation
Health care for 3000 low-income workers in Vietnam
Health care for 3000 low-income workers in Vietnam
Health care for 3000 low-income workers in Vietnam
Health care for 3000 low-income workers in Vietnam
Health care for 3000 low-income workers in Vietnam
Health care for 3000 low-income workers in Vietnam
Health care for 3000 low-income workers in Vietnam
Health care for 3000 low-income workers in Vietnam
Health care for 3000 low-income workers in Vietnam
Knowledge contest between workers
Knowledge contest between workers

Regarding fundraising activities, during this reporting period, we received an additional $50 from an individual sponsor, raising the total amount raised through Global Giving to $629.9.

As for the implementation of activities, the review workshop and knowledge contest, which was held on August 17, 2019, officially closed activities in phase 3 of the project.

Compared to the time frame set out, the project's activities ended before the time being actively implemented by local partners, along with the enthusiastic response of companies as well as workers.

Here are the results that the project has achieved:

- Training for trade union officials and health workers:

  • 50 participants have been trained on information skills related to nutrition, reproductive health and mental health.
  • 50 participants have been trained on social marketing of birth control pill and condom

- Communication for employees: 3,138 turn of workers attended 20 communications sessions on mental health, reproductive health and nutrition for women of reproductive age as well as children in the golden age.

- Mobile reproductive health examination: 800 female workers have been examined and advised, of which 123 cases have been found to be infected and abnormal in the reproductive tract. This activity received coordination and professional assurance from the Vinh Phuc Center for Disease Control and a private clinic.

- Social marketing of birth control pill and condom: 1,620 workers in 10 companies have access to marketing activities, of which 4 companies have officially placed orders to redistribute to workers.

- Knowledge contest and project summation conference: 60 delegates including trade union officials at all levels, workers, experts and press agencies attended. The participants in this activity not only review their knowledge but also entertain themselves after stressful working days.

Share thoughts on the results that the project has brought, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Ha, Vice Chairman of Trade Union of Vinh Phuc Province, said that “the project has helped workers, especially female workers, know how to protect themselves, contributing to creating future generations to meet the requirements of integration and development of the country. The Trade Union of Vinh Phuc province hopes to continue to accompany the project in the next stages”.

With the results achieved, and with the support of donors, we will implement phase 4 of the project in 2020. We will introduce in detail the activities of phase 4 in the next report. We hope that our sponsors will continue to accompany us on this project.

DKT sponsor attended a communications session
DKT sponsor attended a communications session
A communications session on mental health
A communications session on mental health

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    Pregnant worker at a communications session
    Pregnant worker at a communications session

    Phase 3 of the project (2019) was officially kicked off on May 21st, 2019 at the workers' culture house in Khai Quang Industrial Park, Vinh Yen district, Vinh Phuc province. The Trade Union level directly participated in coordinating with For Vietnamese Stature Foundation to implement the third phase of this project is Vinh Phuc Industrial Zones’ Trade Union. The location of the project is Khai Quang, Binh Xuyen and Ba Thien industrial parks in Vinh Phuc province.

    Accompanying the project, besides the two sponsors, TH Group and DKT International - Golden Choice, also has Hoa Linh Pharmaceutical Company.

    In particular, in this reporting period we also receive a donation worth $194.2 from an individual sponsor through Global Giving. This personal sponsorship along with the companionship of businesses has helped us to have more resources to implement the project.

    As of July 20th, 2019, we have carried out the following activities:

    1. Training for trade union officials and health workers on skills to provide information related to nutrition, reproductive health and mental health. The training was held on May 21st-22nd, 2019 with 40 participants.
    2. Mobile reproductive health examination and counseling in June 1st-2nd, 2019 for nearly 800 female workers.
    3. Communications for employees on reproductive health care: 8 sessions, 1.350 turns of workers.
    4. Communications for employees on mental health care: 5 sessions, 750 turns of workers.
    5. Communications for employees on nutrition care: 5 sessions, 750 turns of workers.
    6. Social marketing of birth control pills and condoms: We have been trying to coordinate with the parties, especially leaders and trade unions of companies to introduce social marketing program to workers. This social marketing program will help employees have access to safe and effective contraceptive methods at reasonable costs within the factory/company campus itself. This program became even more meaningful when fake and substandard contraceptives became a problem in Vietnam.

    In the coming time, we will conduct two remaining communications sessions, and especially promote social marketing program for contraceptives before organizing the contest to learn knowledge and summarize the project. We hope to continue to receive the support of businesses and individuals, especially donors through Global Giving for more resources to implement this project in the next phases.

    Mobile reproductive health examination
    Mobile reproductive health examination
    A female worker at a communications session
    A female worker at a communications session

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    For Vietnamese Stature Foundation is preparing the final steps to officially launch Phase 3 of the project in May 2019.

    In the area of implementation, at this stage, we selected industrial parks in Vinh Phuc province in the northwest of Hanoi. Regarding implementation partners, this year we cooperate with the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor - the highest body of the trade union system at all levels.

    With the successes achieved from Phase 2 in 2018, we decided to continue to implement similar activities for the third phase - 2019. We just added a new activity that is a condom and contraceptive pills social marketing. Thus, the activities of Phase 3 will include:

    • Training for trade unions and health workers on skills to provide information related to nutrition, reproductive health - safe sex and mental health.
    • Communication for employees about reproductive health - safe sex, mental health (especially maternal depression) and nutrition for women of reproductive age and children in golden age.
    • Social marketing of condoms and contraceptive pills (new activity).
    • Counseling and mobile reproductive health examination.
    • contest to learn knowledge combined with project review activities.

    With these activities, the total budget we need to use is approximately 30,000 USD. This budget comes from the financial support of TH Group and DKT International/Golden Choice Co., Ltd. The rest of the budget is mobilized from the reciprocal of the factories/companies participating in the project, especially the contribution of donors through GlobalGiving.

    Once again, we would like to thank the sponsors who have accompanied us in the previous two phases of the project. We look forward to continuing to receive the support and companion of sponsors in the third phase of the project.

    Knowledge contest
    Knowledge contest

    In this reporting period, we are delighted to receive the contribution of 03 sponsors with a total value $235.7. Thus, accumulated up to this point we have received a total of $361 from 06 sponsors.

    Also in this reporting period, on November 29, 2018, we conducted the final activity of the second phase (a knowledge contest) and organized the project review conference. Some outstanding results that the project has achieved include:

    - Project area: 08 Japanese-invested companies in 3 industrial parks of Hanoi and 2 industrial parks of Bac Ninh province.

    - Training skills for trade union officials and health workers of enterprises to provide information/advice to workers: 01 session (lasting 2 days) with 80 participants.

    - Communication for employees: 20 sessions (including 10 nutrition sessions, 7 sessions on reproductive health and 3 sessions on maternity depression) with a total of 3,400 participants. The results of quick assessment before and after the communication sessions showed that only 36% to 51% of the interviewees had the right expression before the communication. After the communication, this number increased from 81% to 90 % depending on the question.

    - Distributing condoms and emergency contraceptive pills to employees: 3,500 condoms and 2,000 blisters of emergency contraceptive pills.

    - Distributing leaflets on nutrition care, maternity depression, reproductive health and modern contraceptive methods for workers: nearly 10,000 leaflets.

    - Mobile reproductive health examination and counseling for female workers: nearly 700 people were examined and consulted, of which 70% were found to have reproductive tract infection, and 17 cases were found to be positive for cervical cancer through rapid testing and were asked to do intensive testing to rule out.

    - The knowledge contest: 70 representatives of workers, trade union officials at all levels, reporters and international organizations attended. There were 5 teams trepresenting 5 companies participating in the project, and 2 teams who are the audience have shared their knowledge of nutrition, maternity depression, reproductive health - contraceptive methods, and skills wear condoms.

    According to the survey results at the end of the Phase #2, most beneficiaries appreciated the significance of the project when helping them improve their knowledge and skills. At the same time, the beneficiary also earnestly wishes that the project can continue to be implemented in the next years to have more workers to benefit from the project.

    With such achieved results, For Vietnamese Stature Foundation and our partner – Trade Union of Hanoi Industrial and Export Processing Zones (or higher level of the Trade Union) will continue to work together to implement the phase #3 of the project in 2019. Our original intention is to expand the project area to the surrounding provinces. And to achieve that, we need the support of sponsors all over the world.

    A skit about pregnancy depression
    A skit about pregnancy depression
    Wearing condom contest
    Wearing condom contest

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    A photo attached to the nutrition counseling on FB
    A photo attached to the nutrition counseling on FB

    In the last three months we have not received any additional funding from individuals. The figure still stands at $105 from three donors. However, with the support of TH Group and DKT International as mentioned in the previous report, we have made more communication sessions for workers. Specifically, from July 30 to October 22, we have implemented 12 communication sessions, including five sessions on nutrition, four sessions on reproductive health and three sessions on postnatal depression.

    Companies participating in the communication sessions are Japanese-invested companies, including Yamaha, Canon, Denso, Daiwa, Asti and SEI. These companies set up its factories in industrial zones of Hanoi and Bac Ninh province. A total of 2,000 workers have attended our communications sessions during this time.

    Attend communication sessions, workers not only raised knowledge through expert's presentations and leaflets but also distributed milk, condoms and birth control pills. These were not just simple gifts but also a way to help workers practice safe sex and nutrition right after learning the knowledge.

    Especially, in the three months, we have also implemented counseling for workers through the fanpage of For Vietnamese Stuture Foundation. The questions sent by the workers were answered by experts and posted on the panpage for many to see.

    From now until 2018, the project will continue to carry out the remaining two communication sessions before holding a project review conference and knowledge contest on November 29.

    We will update the results of the project in the next report.

    Thank you for the cooperation with our project.

    Best regards,

    Pre-marital health examination counseling on FB.
    Pre-marital health examination counseling on FB.

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    Diep Tran
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