The People’s Committee of the southern province of Dong Thap held a workshop on January 12 to evaluate the implementation of the Community Hygiene Output-Based Aid (CHOBA) Programme in the locality.

As many as 7,300 sanitary toilets have been built under the programme since 2012 in 45 communes of the province, accounting for 76.6 percent of the target.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee said the project, which will run through this year, not only helps the poor to improve hygiene but also has a deep social and economic meaning, especially in building new-style rural areas.

CHOBA project, funded by East Meets West foundation, assists poor, nearly poor, and disadvantaged families in building new sanitary toilets to improve the environment, reduce waterborne diseases, and change the people’s sanitary habits and behaviours.

The project does not support finance directly for the households, but via award packs for families, which are delivered after they build hygienic toilets with preferential loans. Communes with an increase of 30 percent in the number of sanitary lavatories will be presented with 64 million VND.

So far, the project has been conducted in 496 communes in 10 provinces nationwide, aiming to better hygiene conditions for 1.4 million people in rural areas.-VNA