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WHO and UNICEF call on Vietnamese authorities to enforce food fortification regulations

Ha Noi, 07 June 2018 - WHO and UNICEF call on the Government of Viet Nam and State agencies to implement the Government Decree 09/2016/ND-CP that mandates the fortification of salt, wheat flour and vegetable oil and the use of fortified salt and wheat flour by the food industry. The issuance of the decree was based on strong evidence that the country needs to step up actions to address severe micronutrient deficiencies among the Vietnamese population. The decree is in line with global recommendations on this highly cost-effective strategy to prevent and control micronutrient deficiency and it highlights the Government’s commitment to improve the health of its population.

Country ownership in the spotlight

Realizing the vision of a world free of malaria will only be possible alongside the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC). That was the main message conveyed by ministers and other senior health officials at a side event held on the occasion of the 71st World Health Assembly – the annual meeting of WHO’s decision-making body.

Under the theme of a country-led and country-owned response to malaria and UHC, countries spoke to the importance of malaria as an entry point to provide essential health services. The officials stressed the need to ensure that all citizens, wherever malaria is present, have access to quality services to prevent, diagnose, and treat the disease without facing financial hardship.

Viet Nam ready to eliminate malaria

Viet Nam has had remarkable success in malaria control, and is now ready to progress from a strategy of malaria control to malaria elimination according to a report of international malaria experts which will be launched in Hanoi.

On the occasion of World Malaria Day 25 April, on 24 April, the World Health Organization in collaboration with the National Institute of Malaria, Parasitology and Entomology (NIMPE) of Viet Nam is organizing the Workshop on Strengthening Investment to Maintain Achievement and towards Elimination of Malaria in Viet Nam.

Launch of a public consultation on the new Declaration on primary health care

The Second International Conference on Primary Health Care will take place on the 40th Anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata. It will be hosted by the President of Kazakhstan, with the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Astana, Kazakhstan from 25-26 October 2018.

A primary health care-led approach is critical to the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. The Conference aims to strengthen primary health care as the foundation for UHC, building on lessons learnt over the past four decades. The need for quality primary health care concerns all countries, rich and poor, and is essential for improving health, social stability, sound national economies and health security.

Member States, people, civil society and international development partners are being invited to commit to transforming this new vision into a practical reality—a reality that everyone can share, believe in, take action upon, and benefit from.

We hope you will participate in the call for public comments on the new Declaration on primary health care. The call will be open until midnight CEST on 23 April 2018.

WHO Representative to Viet Nam

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