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ASIE teams up with NIHE to conduct a rapid assessment on adolescent health promotion

15/06/2016

As part of its mission to support adolescent health, ASIE has joined hands with Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) to develop and pilot test the Essential Adolescent Health Promotion Package (ESSAHP) in poor urban areas in Hanoi; The result of this rapid assessment will support a formal project on adolescent health promotion in Vietnam.

Adolescents form a large part of the population in Vietnam; in 2014, the adolescent population aged 10–19 made up 15.3% (13.88 million) of the total population. Despite disparities, they are healthier, better educated and have greater economic prospects than previous generations. Adolescence is the transition period from childhood to adulthood, at which time they go through many physical, psychological, and physiological changes. They are not yet mature, but try to prove themselves as if they were actual adults by trying tobacco, alcohol, and drugs; having sex without protection; and riding motorbikes. Practicing such behaviors poses many health risks.

The national population and RH strategy for 2010-2020, and the national NCD strategy for 2015-2025, also mentioned adolescent health (AH). But there is no detailed policy on school-based activities or support. AH education is delivered in school through mandatory and optional schemes. However, there is no recent report or assessment of school-based AH education.

In this context and in the perspective of promoting adolescent health, NIHE and ASIE joined efforts to develop an Essential Adolescent Health Promotion Package. The team supports the engagement of key stakeholders on adolescent health, including high school teachers, health workers, parents, adolescents, national and local authorities, and experts.

The High School Adolescent’s Essential Health Promotion Package aims to improve the health of 600 students at a high school by strengthening their knowledge of sex and early pregnancy; alcohol, tobacco and drug use; nutrition; and mental health issues.