This research study entitled “Exploring barriers to accessing maternal health and family planning services in ethnic minority communities in Viet Nam” was supported, and the scope of the study developed, by the Ministry of Health and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Viet Nam. The study was implemented and managed by the University of Toronto in collaboration with the Mekong Development Research Institute (MDRI).
We would like to thank the research team, especially Dr Kerrie Proulx, Ms Kristy Hackett, Dr Stephen Lye and Mr Craig Burkett from the University of Toronto, as well as Ms Nguyen Thu Nga from MDRI, for their work on all phases of the study. We acknowledge technical and management support from Dr Luu Thi Hong, former director of the Department of Maternal and Child Health, Ministry of Health, and Dr Nghiem Thi Xuan Hanh, senior expert with the Department of Maternal and Child, Ministry of Health, as well as technical guidance from Dr Dat Van Duong, Reproductive Health Team Leader at UNFPA in Viet Nam. We also thank the more than 4,600 ethnic minority women who participated in this important study.
It is our hope that this report proves useful to policy makers, programme managers, health professionals, researchers and donors in designing and implementing effective reproductive health programmes in order to achieve the ultimate objectives of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Sustainable Development Goals in Viet Nam.Download the publication