AN GIANG – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has pledged to continue supporting the Children's Friendship project in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of An Giang.
UNICEF Viet Nam's Deputy Representative Jean Dupraz said his organisation will contribute US$4.59 million to the second phase of the project, which runs from 2012-16 and aims to support children with disabilities in the southern province.
The first phase of the project, which ran from 2008 to 2011, focused work on supporting pregnant mothers, preventing child accidents and injuries and preserving the environment in rural areas among other targets, according to Ho Viet Hiep, deputy chairman of provincial People's Committee.
The project's second phase aims to help children with disabilities to access public services while raising awareness about child care and protection and reducing the rate of malnourished pregnant mothers and children.
It is expected that by late 2016, 90 per cent of children under the age of six will have access to health insurance and 90 per cent of pregnant mothers and HIV/AIDS-affected children will have access to healthcare and preventive services.
The project's beneficiaries include children with disabilities, children in poor house holds, orphans and HIV/AIDS-affected children. -- VNS