Programme launched to provide clean water for children

Thursday, 2018-03-29 17:10:00
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Participants at the meeting instructed on using P&G water purification technology to produce clean drinking water (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – A meeting was held in Long Xuyen city, An Giang province, on March 29, to observe World Water Day 2018 and kick off a programme on ‘Bringing clean drinking water to children’.

Addressing the event, Vice President of the Vietnam Red Cross Society Central Committee Tran Quoc Hung said that An Giang is one of provinces in Vietnam that is most affected by water pollution and shortages.

In addition to causing social issues and disease among infants and children, water scarcity also affects people’s livelihoods.

Over the past two years, the programme on ‘Bringing clean water to children’ has been held under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on humanitarian collaboration between the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC) and the US company Procter & Gamble (P&G).

The programme has benefited more than 110,000 households in six cities and provinces, including Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Long An, An Giang and Dong Thap.

It has also raised public awareness on the importance of water to people’s health and has helped to minimise sickness and mortality caused by contaminated water.