|Over 2,000 people have benefited from Germ-free toilet journey. — VNS Photo
HCM CITY (VNS) — More than 2 million Vietnamese have benefited from the "Germ-free toilet journey" project in 2012-14.
Jointly organised by the Ministry of Health, Unilever Foundation and its Vim brand, the programme is carried out through a "strategic partnership agreement on improving sanitation in Viet Nam".
Sanitation has been improved through educational and behavioral-change activities to encourage people to use germ-free toilets, and build standardised toilets for students to improve hygienic conditions and prevent diseases.
In addition to this programme, the ministry and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development are implementing a pure water and sanitation programme for rural areas from 2012 to 2015.
The primary objective is to improve pure water supply, sanitation, hygiene awareness and behavior change by 2020 to reduce environmental pollution, and enhance health and life quality for rural residents.
By 2015, the sanitation programme targets that 65 per cent of rural households will have clean toilets; 45 per cent of households that farm and 100 per cent of primary and secondary schools, local clinic centres in rural areas will have standardised toilets. — VNS