Women nationwide are benefiting from dozens of social and cultural programmes launched by the Viet Nam Women's Union, as part of the association's activities to celebrate Women's Day, March 8. More than 1,000 poor female students from soldier families will receive scholarships worth VND2 billion (US$100,000) donated by the union's partners. The union this year will also build 3,000 charity houses for women living in remote areas and their families. Outstanding women will also be honoured for their contributions to the community.
Sai Gon Giai phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
HCM City to build traffic control centre
HCM City's People's Committee has approved a project to build a traffic-control centre, as part of the city's efforts to reduce traffic jams and accidents. The ODA-project is funded by the French government and will begin this year. Under the $187 million-project, a modern traffic management network will be used by the city's Department of Transport. More than 1,000 traffic cameras will also be set up along major streets.
Tuoi Tre ( Youth)
Ministry uses methadone to treat drug addicts
More than 80,000 drug addicts will be given methadone for treatment under a three year-programme launched in 2013 by the Ministry of Health. Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien asked for regular check-ups, as well as supervision and expansion at localities nationwide. The programme also calls for producing methadone to meet 80 per cent of the needs of users.
More than 158,400 people were reported to be addicted to drugs in 63 cities and provinces as of November 30 last year. Over 14,100 HIV-infected people were reported in 2011. Of that number, 2,413 died.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Seminar discusses changes to tourism law
A seminar last week was held to discuss amendments to the Tourism Law, which was enacted in 2006. The seminar was hosted in HCM City by the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism in co-operation with its partner, the ESRT (environment and socially responsible tourism) management board. The $11 million – project began last year and is funded by the EU.
Thanh Nien (Young People)