Health care for 3000 low-income workers in Vietnam

by For Vietnamese Stature Foundation
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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
Workers perform media skits
Workers perform media skits

The last activity of phase 4 of the project was implemented on November 16, 2020. It is a knowledge contest and also a conference to summarize the project.

Thus, after 9 months of implementation, phase 4 of the project has reached 3,698 turns of workers in 14 different companies through a two-day training course, 20 communications sessions and a knowledge contest.

In addition, as of November 2020, there were also more than 10,000 downloads of the contraceptive support and reproductive health care application called 'Tranh thai NewChoice'.

Surveying of workers attending the communications sessions shows that workers were able to answer 95% of questions relating to health care after hearing counselling from experts. Before the project, the rate was only about 50%.

Sharing about the results of the project, Ms. Pham Hai Yen, Chairwoman of Hai Phong City Women's Union (project implementing partner) said that ‘the presentation method of the project's experts is very light, fun and easy to understand and inspires workers to follow. Thanks to that, the project has also achieved its communication target. We hope that the For Vietnamese Stature Foundation (VSF) will continue to exploit resources and provide technology for the project to continue implementing the next phases in collaboration with the Hai Phong City Women's Union’.

In 2021, VSF will continue to implement the 5th phase of the project in one of the provinces with many industrial zones and workers in the North. VSF hopes to receive the companionship of the donors to have more resources to implement the project.

Regarding project fundraising through GlobalGiving, for the reporting period we received a $ 50 grant from an individual.

Practice exam of using condoms
Practice exam of using condoms
Participants at the project summary conference
Participants at the project summary conference

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Workers watching a communications session
Workers watching a communications session

After a pause due to the re-outbreak of Covid-19 in July and August, the project activities continued to be restarted. Specifically, there were 6 communication sessions held at different factories in Hai Phong city. According to the workers' expectations, all 6 communication sessions had contents on reproductive health care. Thus, up to the present time, the project has conducted 19/20 planned communication sessions. The other session is scheduled to be held in early October and will also have content reproductive health care. In November, the project will hold a knowledge contest to consolidate the workers' knowledge, and a project review workshop to evaluate the results achieved.

Regarding donations through GlobalGiving, since February 2020, we have received five donations totaling $ 336.63 from donors. This donation is not only of great value but also has a lot of spiritual significance for us - the project implementer - but also for the beneficiaries. We hope that in the coming time there will be more donors accompanying our project.

A communications session at a garment company
A communications session at a garment company
A communications session at a garment company
A communications session at a garment company
A communications session at Sin Joo Bo company
A communications session at Sin Joo Bo company
A communications session at Sin Joo Bo company
A communications session at Sin Joo Bo company
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Reproductive communications sessions (1)
Reproductive communications sessions (1)

After a period of suspension for the implementation of social spacing to prevent the Covid-19 at the request of the Vietnamese government, the project was restarted on May 26 with a two-day training course. The training course aims to provide information to 40 trade union officials and health workers of 20 enterprises in Hai Phong in skills provision of information (for workers) on reproductive health, maternity depression, and nutrition for women of reproductive age as well as children in the first 1,000 days of life.

After the training, as of July 6, 2020, 13 communications sessions were conducted at factories of companies including Aurora, Reginal Miracle International, Chilisin, Yazaky, Nomura Fortranco and Nhat Viet. These are all foreign-invested enterprises and most of them are located in two large industrial zones in Hai Phong, VSIP and Nomura.

Ms. D.T.P., trade's union chair of Aurora company, said that the project's activities are really practical for employees. According to Ms. Dong Thi Phuong, the project activities will help employees improve their health so that they can be assured of working as well as being able to produce and nurture healthy children while working at the company.

Ms. D.T.P.'s share is completely consistent with the number of people attending the communications sessions. Accordingly, although the project only aims to attract 150 participants/session, there are actually sessions to attract up to 330 participants.

According to the plan agreed by the For Vietnamese Stature Foundation with partners and donors, in July the project will prioritize to implement communication sessions on reproductive health, then continue to carry out the communication sessions on nutrition and maternity depression. For mobile reproductive health checkup and counseling activity, the parties have agreed not to implement in phase 4 due to the lack of sponsors as well ass partners responsible for the expertise.

Reproductive communications sessions (2)
Reproductive communications sessions (2)
Pregnant women in a communications session
Pregnant women in a communications session

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Director of VSF speaking at the ceremony
Director of VSF speaking at the ceremony

Phase 4 of the Project "For mother and baby – For Vietnamese stature" was officially kicked off on March 2, 2020 in Hai Phong. The kick-off ceremony was held at the headquarters of Hai Phong Women's Union with a limited number of attendees to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 

Hai Phong Women's Union is partner and focal point to carry out the activities. However, with activities in industrial parks and factories, Hai Phong Women's Union will coordinate with Federation of Labour to increase efficiency. There are about 20 factories, concentrated mainly in two industrial zones, VSIP and Nam Cau Kien, which will participate in the project activities.

Like the previous phases, and as planned, the activities of phase 4 will include:

  • Organize a training course for trade union officials and health staffs of enterprises on skills to provide information related to reproductive health, mental health and nutrition.
  • Organize 20 communications sessions for employees on reproductive health, mental health and nutrition for women of reproductive age as well as their children in the first 1,000 days of life.
  • Organize a contest for employees to learn about reproductive health, mental health and nutrition.

With regard to the mobile reproductive health checkup and counseling activity for female workers will be discussed further with the parties to find the most appropriate implementation. If this activity is implemented, Marie Stopes International organization will be in charge of professional and direct implementation.

In particular, in this phase, the project's beneficiaries and the community in general have the opportunity to access the mobile contraceptive and reproductive health care application called "NewChoice Reminder". The application is a place to provide accurate reproductive-sexual health information through available articles and expert's advice/answers. Information about contraception, especially oral contraceptive pills, is emphasized along with a daily reminder that is also integrated into the application. DKT International and the Golden Choice Company - two of the sponsors - are responsible for creating and operating the application.

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic, subsequent project activities will be postponed. In the meantime, For Vietnamese Stature Foundation (VSF) and the parties are discussing to find the most optimal solution in conducting the mobile reproductive health examination and counseling. Accordingly, the plan to organize individual counseling sessions and provide a number of on-site contraceptives, including condoms, oral contraceptive pills and implant, is being considered in response to the spread of Covid-19 epidemic (do not conduct a large-scale examination so there will be less risk of virus infection).

VSF is looking forward to continue to receive the attention and companionship of the sponsors for this project, especially with the mobile reproductive health examination and counseling activity for the present there is no official sponsor.

Delegates attending the kick-off ceremony
Delegates attending the kick-off ceremony

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During this reporting period, the project received a grant of $20 from an anonymous individual through GlobalGiving.

During this time, we take time to prepare for activities planned to be implemented in 2020 (phase 4), including identifying project activities, implementation sites, and partners. local and search for great potential sponsors.

Accordingly, the project activities will include:

  • Organize a training course for trade union officials and health staffs of enterprises on skills to provide information related to reproductive health, mental health and nutrition.
  • Organize 20 communications sessions for employees on reproductive health, mental health and nutrition for women of reproductive age as well as their children in the first 1,000 days of life.
  • Organize one or two mobile reproductive health check and counseling for female workers.
  • Organize a contest for employees to learn about reproductive health, mental health and nutrition.

Project activities will be implemented in Hai Phong, one of the provinces/cities with many industrial parks and a large concentration of workers in the North of Vietnam. Because the project will be implemented in Hai Phong, we have chosen Hai Phong Women's Union as the partner to carry out the activities. We had a meeting with the Hai Phong Women's Union on January 14 to discuss the detailed plans.

With the activities and project site mentioned above, the total number of people the project intends to directly access will be about 3,200 people. The estimated total budget to meet the needs of these beneficiaries is approximately $33,000.

We are actively working with donors - businesses and organizations that have been with the project since the previous years are Hoa Linh Pharmaceutical Company, TH Group, Gold Choice Company and DKT International. At present, only TH Group, Gold Choice Company and DKT International agree in principle on continuing to accompany; And Hoa Linh Pharmaceutical Company still has no answer. Therefore, we still need the cooperation of all of you who are interested in improving the health of low-income workers, especially female workers.

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For Vietnamese Stature Foundation

Location: Hanoi city - Vietnam
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Project Leader:
Diep Tran
Hanoi, Vietnam
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