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Survey on the behavioral risk factors and protective factors of major NCDs and others health risks among youth at school age, between 13 and 17 years old, in Viet Nam (the 2019 School-based Student Health Survey in Viet Nam)

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Title: Survey on the behavioral risk factors and protective factors of major NCDs and others health risks among youth at school age, between 13 and 17 years old, in Viet Nam (the 2019 School-based Student Health Survey in Viet Nam)


NCDs are leading causes of mortality and disease burden in Viet Nam. NCDs are increasing fast in recent years and are responsible for 4 out of 5 cases of deaths in 2018. Furthermore, it is estimated that nearly half of NCD mortality are premature, that is before the age of 70. NCDs share 4 common risk factors including tobacco use, alcohol use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. Among these, tobacco use is slowing down but other risks such as alcohol use and overweight are on the rise in Viet Nam.

According to the GSHS 2013, overall, 4.7% of students (8.8% males and 1.1% female) smoked cigarettes on one or more days during the past 30 days. 75.8% of students reported people smoked in their presence on one or more days during the past seven days. Prevalence of current alcohol use among students (i.e., drinking at least one drink containing alcohol in the past 30 days) is 24.9 %, significantly higher among male students (33.2%) compared to female (17.6%). 22.5% of students drank so much alcohol they were really drunk one or more times during their life. The male students (30.8%) were significantly more likely than female students (15.3%) to have drunk so much. Nearly 80% of students are physically inactive according to WHO guideline on physical activity among adolescents and nearly two third (57.6%) ate fruits and or vegetable less than two times per day.

Viet Nam government has issued the National Healthy Viet Nam programme 2018-2030 which aims to reduce NCD and other health risks among adult and youths.

WHO in the past few years has been supporting the government of Viet Nam to strengthen capacity for NCD management at commune health station level. WHO also supports monitor NCDs and its key risk factors. The combined GATS/STEPS survey 2015 provided important information for Viet Nam to monitor NCDs and risk factors among adults. At the same time, the global school health survey 2013, also supported by WHO, has helped provide key baseline indicators of NCD and other health risk factors for school children aged 13-17 years.

WHO in Viet Nam is commissioning the 2019 School-based Student Health Survey in Viet Nam. Detailed TOR and guidance for proposal submission are in the files enclosed.


Address for application:

Interested research team can send proposal with details requirements in attached TORs to

  • Administrative Officer, World Health Organization, 304 Kim Ma, Hanoi, Viet Nam
  • Or by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for submission: 25 March 2019




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