This brief documents the evolution of the social health protection mechanisms in Viet Nam over the past decades and draws key learnings from this experience, while highlighting remaining gaps towards UHC.
Social health protection (SHP) designates a series of public or publicly organized and mandated private measures to ensure effective and affordable access to health care as well as income security in case of sickness (ILO 2008). This brief focusses on SHP schemes to ensure effective access to health care. Several countries have moved towards integrated SHP systems with a single pool or with a single institution managing different pools.
The COVID-19 poverty trap is shaped by barriers to accessing prevention, vulnerability to economic disruption and financial uncertainties, and incurrence of catastrophic costs as people try to cope with the outbreak. To ensure socioeconomic stability and confidence during public health crises and in the long run, social protection schemes (e.g. social insurance, microfinancing) must be in place to help people cope with the loss of income security and reduced confidence in society.
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc chaired a meeting in Hà Nội on Tuesday to review the implementation of several social policies for the 2012-20 period adopted by the fifth plenum of the 11th Party Central Committee. According to a report delivered by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, 24 out of 26 targets had been met.
It is a universal assumption that mothers are the ones who take care of children, but more fathers are now taking time off to look after their new-born babies and their partners, soon after childbirth. Countries worldwide are setting benchmarks for policies to support men’s involvement in parenting with a focus on paternity leave. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), about 90 out of 138 countries offer statutory paid paternity leave, citing a study by Promundo, a United States (US) based organisation promoting gender equality.
OPINION: The 2018 poverty statistics are out. There were dramatic strides never seen before in decades: national poverty incidence fell to 16.6 percent in 2018 from 23.3 percent in 2015. In effect, the number of poor people went down by 5.9 million to 17.7 million in 2018 from 23.5 million in 2015. This despite higher inflation in the second half of 2018. The poverty incidence declined by 2.2 percent per year. This level was already achieved by Vietnam in 2000s.