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UNICEF teams up with Vietnam Red Cross

Released at: 12:33, 18/11/2016

UNICEF teams up with Vietnam Red Cross

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Partnership to improve drinking water and hygiene for 30,000 Vietnamese people affected by drought and saltwater intrusion.

by Doanh Doanh

UNICEF has signed a partnership agreement with the Vietnam Red Cross worth VND3 billion ($125,000) to improve safe drinking water and hygiene practices among 30,000 of the most vulnerable people in Vietnam, including 10,000 school children and 15,000 women in six provinces affected by drought and salt water intrusion: Ben Tre, Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, Soc Trang, Kon Tum and Gia Lai.

The signing marks an important milestone in providing support to children affected by the drought and salt water intrusion crisis, maximizing the role of both organizations in emergency response.

“UNICEF is delighted to enter for the first time into a partnership with the Vietnam Red Cross and its extensive network of staff and volunteers in provinces and communities, and we look forward to identifying opportunities to establish long-term cooperation in disaster risk reduction,” said Mr. Jesper Moller, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Vietnam.

UNICEF and the Vietnam Red Cross will partner to deliver an emergency response in a total of 24 schools and 12 communes over the next four months, in close collaboration with national partners.

“Children are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, with potential risks to their health, so UNICEF has provided emergency support with the government in response to the drought and salt water intrusion since August,” said Mr. Moller.

President of the Vietnam Red Cross, Dr. Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, said that UNICEF has worked with the government since reunification in 1975 but this is the first time it has collaborated directly with the Vietnam Red Cross to provide emergency response measures. She welcomed the development.

The partnership is possible thanks to the generous support of the Government of Japan, which provided to UNICEF a $2.5 million contribution for improving the well-being of children and women in affected areas.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do. Together with partners it works in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing on reaching the most vulnerable and marginalized children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

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