Your say (11-07-2008) Is a six-month maternity leave feasible for mothers, children? Last week we asked our readers’ opinion on the draft proposal by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs on raising maternity leave from four months to six. The increase is being considered as a way to ensure that babies are exclusively breast fed. We received the following responses: Nguyen Thi Mai Huong, former assistant to Representative of UNFPA in Viet Nam First I would like to express my appreciation of the Editor’s initiative of inviting individual comments on the issue of the proposed new policy on maternity leave. I was encouraged to share my 20 plus years of experiences working both within the Government’s health system and in the international donor system in the area of reproductive health and safe motherhood. The call for six-month maternity leave is not a new one as this had been approved and then implemented for a short period in the early 1990s or … [Read more...] about Is a six-month maternity leave feasible for mothers, children?
Child 10 months development
VietNamNet Bridge – A baby girl surprised her neighbors in Tam Lanh commune, Phu Ninh district, the central province of Quang Nam by uttering he first words at two months old. The baby, named Le Trang, was born on September 26 2010. She is now four months old, weighing nearly 8kg. Her father, Le Minh Vuong, said when Trang was two months old, she could speak single words like “ba” (dad), “me” (mum), “keo” (candy), “bà” (grandmother) very clearly. Her ability surprised her family and their neighbors. Mr. Than, Vuong’s neighbor, said: “I’ve never seen a 2-month-old baby who can speak like this girl. Babies often begin to speak at the age of 10 months old or more but this girl could clearly pronounce some words when she was only two months old”. At present, the four-month-old baby can speak many more single and compound words, such as “banh” (cake), … [Read more...] about Baby speaks at 2 months old
VietNamNet Bridge – Doctors of HCM City Paediatrics Hospital 2 on Tuesday successfully performed a liver transplant operation from a living donor on a 13-month-old patient with cirrhosis of the liver. The operation, which lasted 10 hours, was the hospital’s 10th liver transplant. Dr Pham Ngoc Thach, the hospital’s deputy head, said the patient’s father had donated his liver for the transplant. The patient and the donor are in the ICU, recovering well, Thach said, adding that the patient was being watched for rejection and post-surgery infection for one week. The child was initially diagnosed with a congenital biliary atresia at seven weeks old. After the atresia diagnosis, doctors performed a Kasai procedure, developed by a Japanese surgeon in 1951, which surgically bypasses ducts that are blocked. In the operation, surgeons use a small segment of the patient’s own intestine to replace the ducts at the spot where the bile is expected to drain. This … [Read more...] about Doctors perform liver transplant on 13-month-old
VietNamNet Bridge – Many parents are considering changing their habits and refraining from posting photos of their children on social networks like Facebook in anticipation of the new Child Law, which would classify some cases as a violation once it takes effect in June 2017. The law, for the first time, addresses child cyber protection and aims to prevent and curb child abuse in which offenders use public images and information posted online. Under the law, Viet Nam bans the publication of personal information and photos of children without permission from their parents/custodians and the children themselves if they are over the age of seven. Posting photos of children online could unwittingly put those children at risk, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs Dao Hong Lan said at a press conference to introduce the law. Ha Nguyen, a Facebook user from Ha Noi and mother of a 10-month-old baby, said she was addicted to taking photos of her daughter and sharing … [Read more...] about Law urges caution in posting child photos online
Rusty padlocks seal empty classrooms and blank graduation certificates litter a dusty, silent school corridor in Rudong, a haunting glimpse of China's ageing future in a town which pioneered the one-child policy. Education facilities are being shrunk to cater for dwindling pupil numbers, and the once bustling Technical Secondary School is now a hollow eight-storey shell. Long before China's Communist rulers rolled out the one-child policy nationwide to halt population growth, Rudong was already carrying out forced sterilisations, abortions and highly personal checks on women on its own initiative. It was praised by the authorities for its strict enforcement of the rules that became the cornerstone of Beijing's social management. Now China is facing the consequences of a dwindling workforce and a rapidly ageing population, and Beijing has been loosening the rules to encourage more births. But those who enforced the drive a generation ago in Rudong, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, … [Read more...] about Ghost schools a window into China’s one-child policy future