In the collaboration between GaneshAID and the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) Viet Nam, a consultation workshop on school-based adolescent health promotion project was conducted on November 3rd, 2016.
The workshop implemented to gain technical support from key stakeholders in Viet Nam and prepare for the scaling up phase of the project.
Participants of the consultation workshop came from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Training, UNICEF, UNFPA, NIHE, local non-governmental organization, local preventive medicine centers, department of health, etc. Those agencies have interest and relation to adolescent healthcare and promotion in Viet Nam.
In the workshop, key insights of the rapid assessment on school-based adolescent health promotion practices which was conducted in May 2016 in two high schools and two secondary schools in Ha Noi. Likewise, participants were shared the most updated policy and research results from MoH related to school health and risk behaviors of students in Viet Nam as well as the orientations and solutions of Ministry of Education and Training for school health current problems.
The project team presented about the idea and technology to develop an e-learning platform on school-based adolescent health promotion in Viet Nam. The objective of developing an e-learning platform to reinforce the adolescent health face-to-face training curriculum in high school and advocate for adolescent health in Viet Nam. The idea was highly appreciated because it is essential to pay more attention to adolescent health in Viet Nam as well as promote friend-user tools for adolescents and teachers to reinforce the education on adolescent health in high schools.
Relating to institutional mechanism which affects the ability of scaling up project, participants especially those who came from MoH recommended the project team to institutionalize the project through guidelines of MoH and MoET so that the e-learning platform can be used in the curriculum in education system.
Adolescents form a large part of the population in Viet Nam. In 2014, the adolescent population aged 10–19 made up 15.3% (13.88 million) of the total population. In rural areas, there are several issues of great concern that affect high school adolescents as well as their parents, teachers, and local health bodies/staff, including sexuality, early pregnancy, nutrition issues, alcohol and tobacco use, and stress and depression.
In the perspective of promoting adolescent health, a French NGO — Action pour la Santé Internationale et l’Education (ASIE) (www.asie-sea.org) — the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) (www.nihe.org.vn), and GaneshAID — a non-profit consultancy company (www.ganeshaid.com) — joined efforts to support adolescent health (AH) promotion at the high school level. The three partners have designed a one-year project (March 2016 – February 2017) that comprises three key components: an e-learning package targeting teachers and adolescents, advocacy and communication, and partnerships for sustainability and scaling up. This first phase of the project is funded by ASIE.
(Written by Minh Nguyen)