LookAtVietnam – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has published the 2008 Vietnamese Population report, which predicts a continuous rise in Vietnam’s population for the next 20 years.
The report says that the TFR has continuously fallen below the replacement level to reach 2.08 children per woman but there still remain variations between urban and rural areas (1.84 children for the former and 2.22 for the latter).
On top of this, the report states that the age pattern of fertility has changed from ‘early’ to ‘late’, with more firstborns in older women.
The 2008 Population Change and Family Planning Survey shows that the number of boys born per every 100 girls born had steadily increased from 110 to 112 over the past three years.
This highlights the importance of continuing the monitoring of the Population Ordinance and the Prime Minister’s Decree on banning all practices of foetal sex determination and selection, and further efforts to enhance the role of women in society.