The average life expectancy of Vietnamese has increased, but the number of years to live in good health is lower than in many countries. Older people face the burden of “double illnesses” and often suffer from chronic illnesses. On average, every elderly person suffers from three diseases, faces the risk of disability due to the aging process and high treatment costs and long-term treatment and care.
According to the UN’s World Population Prospects, the world’s human population will reach 8 billion by mid-November 2022. To celebrate World Population Day this year, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has chosen the theme “A World of 8 Billion: Towards a Resilient Future for All – Harnessing Opportunities and Securing Rights and Choices for All”.
As the world’s population reaches 8 billion, this will pose many pressing challenges that will impact many generations.
Climate change, conflict and the Covid-19 pandemic are all issues that have caused unequal impacts on vulnerable groups of the population.
Around the world, millions of people still live in poverty, lack nutrition and do not have access to health services or qualified education programs.
As such, UNFPA calls on countries, including Vietnam, to invest in human and physical capital for inclusive and productive societies that respect human and reproductive rights. Only then can we rise to the enormous challenges facing our planet and create a world where health, dignity and education are rights and realities, not privileges and empty promises.
Asian News Network