A $200 million credit has been approved by the World Bank to improve access to sanitation andwater supplyfor five million people in the poorest rural and mountainous areas of Vietnam.
The funding supports the Scaling up Rural Sanitation and Water Supply Program.
This aims to provide better water supply to 255,000 households and improve sanitationand water supply facilities at 2,720 schools and clinics in 21 provinces in the Northern Mountains and Central Highlands regions.
The program supports Vietnam’s National Target Program for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, as well as the country’s decade-long commitment to meeting the Millennium Development Goals, and the new Sustainable Development Goals.
The $200 million credit approved today comes from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries. The Government of Vietnam will provide an additional $25.5 million to finance the project.
“Overall Vietnam has made progress in broadening water supply and sanitation coverage, but important regional differences remain,” said Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank country director for Vietnam.
“In regions that lag behind, the lack of access to basic services, together with poor hygiene practices, leads to serious health issues, including high infection rates for diarrhea and parasitic diseases and stunting among ethnic minority children.”