UN agency funds reproductive health in Vietnam

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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) helped the Vietnam Ministry of Health launch a reproductive health project Wednesday.

The project -- aiming to support a national strategy on population and reproductive health -- is estimated to cost a total of US$8.7 million, of which $7.3 million will come from UNFPA non-refundable aid.

It will be implemented in Hai Duong, Ben Tre, Kon Tum, Ninh Thuan and Quang Binh provinces.

Among other things, the project aims to improve C-section surgeries at the district-level.

Currently, only half of district-level hospitals in Vietnam are capable of performing C-section surgeries.

The project also focuses on improving the midwifery and minimizing obstetrical accidents at provincial hospitals.

According to the Ministry of Health, the project also aims to help to prevent Vietnam's growing gender imbalance.

Vietnam saw 15-percent more births (equivalent to over 100,000 babies) in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2011, thanks to a belief that 2012 is a lucky year on the lunar calendar.

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