quality of life in VietnamThe South Asian country of Vietnam has experienced vast improvements in its quality of life over the years. Proof of these improvements is abundant. In 2016, the Happy Planet Index Report found that Vietnam was the happiest country in Asia. Life expectancy in Vietnam also reflects a positive trend in the quality of life for the country. Life expectancy is at 75.5 years, which is especially impressive when considering the U.S. life expectancy of 77.3 yearsThese are only a few examples of the positive improvements in quality of life in Vietnam. Thanks to the efforts of the Vietnamese government and other supporters abroad, Vietnam has been able to make many other improvements.

Better Healthcare

One indicator of improving the quality of life in Vietnam is healthcare. The maternal mortality rate in Vietnam has reduced four-fold over recent years. The number of children under 5 years old dying has also reduced by half. Progress like this has become possible due to better access to reliable healthcare for Vietnamese people. However, work still needs to occur in many areas.

For example, 100 children still die from preventable diseases every day in Vietnam. Thankfully, UNICEF is providing help to further improve healthcare and, as a result, make the quality of life in Vietnam better. UNICEF provides its services to healthcare personnel throughout Vietnam so that they can provide better care to the Vietnamese people. 

Better Education

A better education system is yet another way of improving the quality of life in Vietnam. The Vietnamese government has seen to this by using numerous methods. One is by holding Vietnamese teachers to a high standard. Teachers in Vietnam must display their skills and knowledge at the standard the country outlines. Teachers also need to display professionalism.

The government of Vietnam takes inspiration from other Asian countries that have exceptional education systems. The education in Singapore and South Korea has especially influenced Vietnam’s school curriculum.

Decreasing Poverty for Minorities

One of the most important ways that quality of life in Vietnam is improving is the reduced poverty amongst its ethnic minorities. Much of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities live in the highland areas of Vietnam. These places are often rural, and about 72% of Vietnam’s low-income citizens live there. Luckily, the poverty rate for this group of people declined by 13% in 2018

Many solutions exist to help further improve the economic situation for the minorities living in the highland areas. One solution is for the ethnic minorities in the highlands to grow crops that will sell for more money than common ones. Many of the people living there are already farmers, but they grow basic crops. Crops like coffee and rubber have higher monetary value, so farmers could start growing these.

All of these improvements help the quality of life in Vietnam in numerous ways. Better healthcare means longer lives for Vietnamese people, better education will lead to better job opportunities and alleviating poverty will help ethnic minorities live better lives. 

– Jacob E. Lee
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