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Tra Vinh (VNA) – The second phase of the Community Hygiene Output-Based Aid (CHOBA2) Programme was reviewed in Tra Vinh on April 20.

The project, worth nearly 9.5 billion VND (418,000 USD) started in the Mekong Delta provinces of Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, the central province of Thanh Hoa and the northern provinces of Hoa Binh and Ninh Binh from September 1, 2016.

The project, funded by the East Meets West (EMW) foundation aims to encourage 35,000 rural households in the localities to build sanitary toilets in line with Health Ministry standards to improve public health. So far, some 6,400 households have built standard toilets.

According to Tran Thi Huong, Vice President of Vietnam Women’s Union, the first phase of the CHOBA project, worth over 97.5 billion VND (4.29 million USD), also funded by the EMW foundation, was implemented from 2012 to 2016, benefiting 110,825 households in 10 provinces.

In Tra Vinh, the CHOBA2 is being implemented in 30 communes in the districts of Tra Cu, Tieu Can, Cang Long, and Cau Ke, with 7,500 households involved.

Tu Thi Riem from the provincial Women’s Union said the Project Management Board, together with local authorities and relevant sectors have updated the disbursement from the Bank for Social Policy – Tra Vinh branch.

Technical assistance has been provided to help households build sanitary toilets. So far, more than 1,700 households in the province have built toilets under the programme.

Luong Thi Hoa, Vice President of the Thanh Hoa provincial Women’s Union said, the CHOBA2 project has received support from local authorities at all levels.

The poor and near-poor households in Ha Trung district received aid of one million VND (44 USD) each, sourced from the district’s budget to build toilets. They also received other assistance from communal level.

CHOBA2 will last until May 1, 2018.-VNA