Since 2014, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands’ (PPGNHI’s) Global Programs and the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP) have worked together to meet the need for improved sexual and reproductive health education for young people in Vietnam.
Education and Health Needs in Vietnam
In recent years Vietnam has made great economic progress. The country is now classified as lower-middle income, but there are still people living in poverty and vulnerable populations such as ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. With one of the highest abortion rates in the world, Vietnam has a substantial unmet need for family planning education and services. According to their government, 34.5% of Vietnamese teens have an unmet need for contraceptives. Based on a 2012 report, the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training identified a need for improved sexual and reproductive health education for young people.
Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP)
CCIHP is a non-profit community health organization in Hanoi, Vietnam with more than ten years of experience working in the fields of gender, community health and reproductive health serving disadvantaged and minority groups.
In 2003, CCIHP started its free information and counseling service at www.tamsubantre.org -- the first online reproductive health counseling program in Vietnam. Since 2011, CCIHP has provided education and gynecological checkups for young migrant women in factories and industrial zones in Hanoi and worked with employers to improve policies and support on reproductive health.
Since 2011 the youth volunteer network has promoted safe sex via the Facebook page, “Why Not?” CCIHP has also conducted research on gender and sexuality to support its advocacy work on gender-based violence, reproductive health of people with disabilities, and reducing stigma and homophobic bullying toward Vietnam’s LGBTQ community.
Through the partnership, PPGNHI draws upon its successful Teen Council peer education model to support and train CCIHP in adapting our model and launching peer education programs at five secondary schools in Hanoi. Through meetings, newsletters, social media and community outreach, this project reaches youth in Vietnam and creates alternative channels for sexual and reproductive health and education advocacy.
PPGNHI’s primary roles working with CCIHP:
- Teen/Peer Education Training
- Sexual and Reproductive Health Education Training
- Funding Support
In Vietnam, we have
- 48 peer educators trained
- 5 peer education programs established at 5 secondary schools in Hanoi
- 80 trainings completed by peer educators on key SRH topics
- 21 students participated in Teen Council Summer camp (1 call to action)
- 1100 youth (600 male/500 female) participated in sexuality education sessions
- 135,000 registered for SRH newsletters
- Mobile exhibition on SRH
- 96 information posts on teen council fan page