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Japan funds maternal and infant health project

Update: February, 06/2015 - 13:14


Residents in the northern province of Dien Bien's Tuan Giao District receive healthcare check-up. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet

HA NOI – Non-governmental organisation World Vision Japan will provide more than US$337,600 for the third phase of a project to improve maternal and infant health in the northwestern mountainous Dien Bien province.

The funds from the Japanese NGO will be used to upgrade the infrastructure of medical centres in the province and assist local people in getting access to maternal and infant healthcare services.

The signing of the non-refundable aid package agreement took place at the Japanese Embassy in Ha Noi on Thursday.

At the signing ceremony, Deputy Ambassador Yanagi Jun said he expected that the project's activities will continue to achieve good results in its final year and after the end of the project.

According to World Vision Japan, Dien Bien has poor healthcare infrastructure and lacks modern medical equipment.

Several medical centres in the province fail to meet national standards. Most of the local people are from ethnic minority groups and face difficulties in accessing free healthcare services due to inconvenient transport services, and linguistic and cultural barriers.

Since 2012, the organisation has co-ordinated with the Vietnamese health ministry and provincial health authorities to upgrade healthcare centres, and help local health workers to improve their skills in caring for mothers and infants in Muong Cha and Tuan Giao districts. – VNS

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