Facts & findings
In spite of improving conditions in recent years, Vietnam remains one of the world’s poorest countries. It is estimated that around 11.3% of the population is living below the nationally-established poverty line. Also, there is an increasing disparity between urban and rural areas. In this context, access to good quality healthcare is difficult for lower income families and rural populations. The hospitals are overcrowded, understaffed, equipped with obsolete supplies, their staff lacks of training and experience and the services are limited.
Although the under-five and infant mortality rates have fallen significantly over the past decades, Vietnam has an infant mortality rate 15% higher than the world average, with 2.6 infant deaths per 100 births. Unfortunately not all children have benefited from the global improving living standards.