The 9th Asia-Pacific Conference on reproductive and sexual health rightsdate: 29/11/2017 23:41:00
On November 28th, 2017 the 9th Asia-Pacific Conference on reproductive and sexual health rights ((APCRSHR9) organized in Quang Ninh Province. Attending the meeting there were Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien; Mrs. Vu Thi Thu Thuy - Vice Chairman of People's Committee of Quang Ninh province; representatives of relevant ministries; about 1.000 national and international delegates who are scientists, researchers , teaching staff, representatives of networks, funding agencies, community groups, young people in programs on reproductive and sexual health in the Asia-Pacific region; and international delegates from more than 40 countries in the region.
Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien delivered his speech at the conference
Speaking at theconference, Deputy Minister Nguyen Viet Tien said that in the past two decades, Vietnam has made significant progress in implementing the program of action of the International Conference on Population and Development . With the socio-economic development of the country, the health status of the Vietnamese people, especially in reproductive health and sexual health has been greatly improved. By 2015, the contraceptive prevalence rate would be 80%, and the maternal mortality rate would be 60 / 100.000 cases. With these advances, Vietnam is one of the few developing countries that has achieved the millennium goal No 4 and No 5 by 2015. Although the goals are at the national level, the inequality in reproductive and sexual health remains in poor and vulnerable populations. In the coming years, beside the policies of socio-economic growth encouragement, sustainable development and social security, Vietnam will continue to focus its efforts on mitigating and eliminating disparity and inequality in health care in general and reproductive and sexual health in particular for the the achievement of sustainable development goals.
Prof. Dr. Le Vu Anh, Chairman of Vietnam Public Health Association delivered his speech at the conference
Conference on reproductive and sexual health rights is a biennial forum in various countries in the Asia-Pacific region. This is a scientific forum on health, reproductive and sexual rights initiated and maintained by civil society organizations every two years since 2001. The conference also received the support of the Governments of the host countries. Eightconferences have been held in the Philippines (2 times), Thailand, India, Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Myanmar with about 1.500 delegates / conference.
Assoc.Prof.Dr. Rosalia Scriortino, International Commission on Science (ISC) delivered her speech at the conference
At the conference, the participants had discussion based on the main theme: "No one is left behind! Justice in reproductive and sexual health "and five related themes: Overcoming social, cultural and religious barriers in reproductive and sexual health towards an equitable economic structure for reproductive and sexual health; Improving Justice for reproductive and sexual health rights: eduational program on reproductive health and good sexuality for everyone; Promote justice and equity in reproductive and sexual health and health care. The conference is an opportunity to share the research findings, experiences, good practice models of organizations and countries. Issues were discussed including evidence-based advocacy; challenges and opportunities in the delivery services; education of reproductive health and comprehensive sexuality; positive role as well as barrier to advances in reproductive and sexual health with controversial issues such as abortion rights and sexual rights.
Overview of the conference