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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
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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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.

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