Vietnamese Government To Provide $1.45M For Family Planning Supplies

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Family Planning Supplies

The United Nations Population Fundand the Vietnam Committee for Population, Family and Children onWednesday in Hanoi, Vietnam, signed a $1.45 million agreement todeliver family planning supplies and develop an awareness campaignthrough 2008, the VNA/Thanh Nien News reports.


Thefunds will go toward providing 500,000 intrauterine devices, 500,000bottles of injection contraception and more than four million packagesof oral contraceptives that are worth a combined $1.3 million (VNA/Thanh Nien News, 7/11).

The remainder of the money will be used to design national public awareness campaigns, VNA/Nhan Dan Newsreports. Ian Howie, chief representative of UNFPA to Vietnam, said theagency also plans to work to make Vietnamese men more aware of theirroles and responsibilities in maternal health (VNA/Nhan Dan News, 7/11).

According to the VNA/News,1.6 million infants are born annually in Vietnam. The number ofVietnamese women of child-bearing age was estimated at 24.2 million in2005 and is expected to rise to 27 million by 2020. The government's General Statistics Office estimates that the country's population will exceed 100 million people by 2024 (VNA/Thanh Nien News, 7/11).

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