BacGiang Province, Vietnam

Direct beneficiaries
Over 2,000 women (almost 50% of whom are girls) attending middle and high school

In the BacGiang Province, one of the poorest regions in Vietnam, 21 different ethnic groups live in various mountain districts where the national health service manages to reach only a third of the population.

There are no official data available, but the child mortality rates of these ethnic minorities seem to be three times higher than among the majority ethnic group of the Kinhs. *

The national health service isn’t able to guarantee these communities adequate healthcare or to promote positive dialogue between local people, civil society organisations and private medical operators with a view to compensating for its deficiencies. This has a major impact on children’s health and on young mothers, who are forced to face pregnancy complications and neonatal illnesses without medical help and with insufficient health education.

*Data provided by Unicef

What we want to achieve
We protect the right to health of girls, women and their children.
We guarantee basic healthcare.
We make girls and women aware of the importance of accessing an efficient health service.
We raise awareness of the right to health by involving users in service evaluation.
We promote dialogue between local civil society and health services.
We sensitise the entire community to gender and childhood issues, thus strengthening local self-awareness from the bottom up.

What we do
We map all the civil society organisations located in the rural province of BacGiang.
We organise training for selected civil society representatives, covering the following topics: leadership skills, children’s right to health, gender equality, participative models and tools for service evaluation.
We create high-school study groups on the right to health and services.
We encourage coordination and networking between existing groups by organising joint meetings, publications and activities.
We map the private health sector and develop strategies to optimise the cooperation between private operators, public authorities and local communities.
We involve participants (both adults and children) in service evaluation.