During the week of October 1, a team of our experts led a technical training on quantitative data analysis, measuring the well-being and social inclusion of children with disabilities in Viet Nam. This training focused on the process of conducting the analysis and writing of the report, “Social Inclusion of Children with Disabilities: An in-depth analysis of the Viet Nam National Surveys of People with Disabilities”.
Viet Nam is one of the first countries to collect comprehensive data at the national and regional levels on people with disabilities and their socioeconomic status, using the internationally comparable Washington Group definitions and instruments to capture the difficulties faced by individuals in key functionings – sight, hearing, mobility, cognition, communication, and self-care. This report on social inclusion of children with disabilities in Viet Nam therefore provides additional value in its exclusive focus on the well-being, access to services, and opportunities of children with disabilities age 2-17 years, relative to that of their non-disabled peers.
According to the 2017 survey on children with disabilities in Viet Nam, more than 6 million people are considered to have a disability, of which nearly 700,000 are children age 2-17 years old. 2.8 per cent of all children age 2-17 years have a disability, of which more than one quarter live in multidimensionally poor households (UNICEF Vietnam & General Statistics Office of Vietnam [GSO], 2018).
The training sessions covered three days and were attended by members of the General Statistics Office of Viet Nam (GSO – Tổng Cục Thống Kê) as well as the Institute of Statistical Sciences of Viet Nam (Viện Khoa Học Thống Kê). The analysis of social inclusion on children with disabilities in Viet Nam is spearheaded by UNICEF Viet Nam and GSO, and follows the publication of the Main Report on People with Disabilities in Vietnam, as well as the summary report on children with disabilities in Vietnam, published in 2018 based on data collected from the 2016-2017 Survey on People with Disabilities (VDS2016). After the three days of training, a technical workshop was held in Ha Noi with additional partners from various line ministries and NGOs, where preliminary results from the report were presented and discussed among all participants.
The main purposes of this study are to generate new evidence on the situation of children with disabilities in Viet Nam with the ultimate aims of: a) strengthening evidence-based advocacy for the rights of children with disabilities; b) informing disability law reform, policy and programming; c) monitoring progress towards the relevant SDG-related outcomes and towards the realisation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The report will be finalised by the end of the year.