HANOI (Bernama) – The Hanoi Health Department on Thursday launched the National Action Month on Population with a focus on promoting family planning, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
The department’s deputy director Hoang Duc Hanh said at the launch ceremony that population and family planning efforts had led to a rise in per capita income, improved living conditions in the city and gender equality.
The city has met or exceeded all population and family planning targets in 2013 and 2014. This year’s birth rate was 16.5 per 1,000 people, a decrease of 1.22 per 1,000 from the previous year.
Sex ratio at birth was 114 boys per 100 girls.
However, Hoang said that unsustainable reduction in birth rate and fluctuating sex ratio at birth remain huge challenges for the city.
The city will work closely with relevant authorities and agencies to improve population and family planning policies.