A seminar hosted by the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) in Hanoi on June 16 discussed the implementation of the Government’s policies for children.

The policies, all approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, cover the implementation of recommendations made by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. They also take into account regulations at local levels and the proposed national action plan for children affected by HIV/AIDS in the 2014-2020 period.

Addressing the event, MoLISA Deputy Minister Doan Mau Diep stated that although Vietnam is considered a leading country in realising international conventions on children’s rights, there remain several vulnerable groups of children, such as poor and ethnic children and those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Therefore, the policies will create an important chance for ministries, agencies and localities to exert more efforts in addressing children’s issues, he said. National and local leaders have vowed to carry out these decisions in a synchronous, comprehensive and effective manner so as to ensure the best conditions for children.

Regarding the national action plan for children affected by HIV/AIDS, they will strive to provide 90 percent of those affected by HIV/AIDS with health services, education, consultations, nutrition and physical development support, recreational services and access to social policies.

About 90 percent of establishments providing health care and treatment for HIV-infected children and related social organisations will be equipped with knowledge and skills on protecting and caring children affected by the deadly virus.

Meanwhile, all schools will create opportunities for HIV/AIDS-affected children to attend classes.

Standard communes, wards and towns for children will be based on 15 criteria on protection, care and education, which create a safe and healthy environment for their physical and spiritual development. The assessment will be conducted every November.-VNA