Hue imperial relic site (Photo: VNA)

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The central province of Thua Thien-Hue has attracted several projects funded by foreign aid, according to Director of the provincial Department of External Affairs Tran Cong Phu.

He cited as an example a project on combining livelihoods with the management of depression which receives non-refundable aid of the UK’s BasicNeeds organisation. It will be implemented from 2017 to 2019 at total cost of nearly 600 million VND (26,400 USD).

The project aims to increase the provision and use of community-based mental healthcare services so as to gradually improve the life of depression patients in Thua Thien-Hue.

It will set up a community-based mental healthcare system while raising public awareness of mental health and provide quality services for depression patients through community-based approaches.

The model of this project is expected to be popularised if it proves effective, Phu said.

He added Association Bretagne-Vietnam also offered non-refundable aid for a project on building biogas tanks for 23 households in Vinh Phuc commune and Phu Da town in Phu Vang district.

The project, invested with nearly 400 million VND (17,600 USD), aims to treat waste from animal farming to help improve the environment and increase income for target households. It is also intended to promote the project management capacity of district and communal officials and enhance public awareness of environmental protection.

Meanwhile, the Danish Demining Group (DDG) and the provincial People’s Committee inked a memorandum of understanding on a project to minimise the risk of bombs and mines left from wartime in Thua Thien-Hue.

Funded with some 1.2 million USD by the Japanese Embassy and Denmark’s A.P. Møller Support Foundation, the project will be implemented from 2017 to 2019 in 10 communes of A Luoi district and other prioritised areas proposed by the provincial administration.

The official said the DDG and the Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee will cooperate to handle post-war explosive materials, thus helping to improve the safety for local residents and socio-economic development in beneficiary communities.-VNA