Continued Challenges

  • Vietnam has the highest abortion rate in Southeast Asia and 3rd highest in the world
  • Teenage abortion rate is among the top 3 nations in Southeast Asia
  • Vietnam is among the top 5 countries in Asia responsible for 60% of the plastic waste floating in the ocean
  • In term of education, only 25% of high school graduates enter higher education but challenges continue because Vietnam current universities and colleges can only accommodate half of the high school graduate population.
  • In rural areas of Vietnam, 60% of young adults between 18 to 24 years old are unemployed
  • In rural areas of Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam, 40% of children under 5 years old are living in poverty

These data highlight the ongoing needs to address sexual reproductive health education for adolescents as well as creative investment into career or vocation development for Vietnamese youths because there is high degree of association between unemployment and risk-taking behaviors from committing crimes to experimenting high risk sexual activities.