Ministry of Health (MOH) and Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP) Kick-off Workshop of Technical Assistance Project “Household sanitation: Linking demand with supply”

The Health Environment Management Agency (VIHEMA) – Ministry of Health (MOH) and Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP) jointly held the launch workshop of the technical assistance project “Household sanitation: Linking demand with supply” in Hanoi on 20 August 2012. The workshop has participation of Mr. Nguyen Huy Nga – Director of VIHEMA, Mr. Nguyen Duc Hai – Deputy General Director of VBSP, Ms. Fiona Louise Lappin – Head of DFID Vietnam and other representatives from relevant Government.

In the framework of the National Target Program on Rural Water Supply and Sanitation ( NTP on RWSS) phase III 2011-2015, international donors scheduled one part for technical assistance for RWSS agencies of Vietnam. Accordingly, the Department for International Development in Vietnam (DFID) approved a grant of USD 410,000 for VBSP and MOH to implement this TA project. The overall objective of project is to increase the number of poor and near-poor households in rural areas taking out loans to pay for latrines in five project provinces, namely: Phu Tho, Hoa Binh, Ha Tinh, An Giang and Kon Tum. It is expected to develop a system of training and communication materials, equip adequate knowledge and information on sanitation and preferential lending for sanitation for 125 staff of VBSP and MOH at provincial level, 250 staff at district level, 500 staff at commune level, 500 leaders of savings and credit groups and specially around 2,400 people in project areas. Moreover, the coordination between MOH in charge of sanitation component and VBSP in charge of credit component will be strengthened in the framework of NTP on RWSS.

In the workshop, the participants had discussion and came to an agreement on project implementation schedule to ensure the close collaboration between VBSP and MOH at all levels and the most effective and efficient implementation of project. As a result, it will make contribution to improve the living standards of the poor and near-poor households in particular and rural households in general.