An increasingly skewed sex ratio, a decline in the use of contraceptives, and a sudden baby loom in the first five months all add up to a gloomy picture for family planning authorities.
The country's male-to-female sex ratio continued to widen in the first months of this year, reflecting a higher rate of abortions and a preference for sons, said Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien.
The aging of the Vietnamese population is taking place swiftly despite the country’s moderate income status, according to the first national survey on the Vietnamese elderly, which was released in Hanoi on May 4.
A meeting under the theme “Health for the Elderly” was held in Hanoi on April 6, to raise awareness amongst the public on how to stay healthy when still young and how the elderly can lead a healthy life.
A press conference was held in Hanoi on November 30 to mark the 50th anniversary of the General Office for Population and Family Planning (GOPFP).
The General Statistics Office (GSO) has announced the two databases for the 2009 general census on population and housing and for the annual changes in population and family planning.
The ratio of elderly population in Vietnam will reach 18 percent by 2020.
Publications on the 2009 Vietnam Population and Housing Census were released in Hanoi on June 14, providing data on population, serving a basis to assess millennium development goals and support the creation of accurate and appropriate development policies and strategies.
India has added 181 million new people to its population over the last decade, according to the results of the 2011 census.
With its economic, healthcare and educational achievements, Vietnam has remarkably improved the quality of its population, an official said on December 20.
Australia’s aboriginal culture will be presented by the Australian Embassy in Hanoi through exhibitions, art performances and cultural exchanges from April 14-18 to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.
Over the past few years, population activities have only focused on family planning while little attention has been given to ensuring the quality of the population.
The Central Steering Committee for the General Census of Population and Housing said on April 17 that it has almost completed its work with more than 91 percent of the country’s households taking part in the census.