The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) has provided over 176,000 USD for the central coastal province of Ninh Thuan to improve its health care services.

According to Director of the provincial Health Department Le Minh Dinh, the GFATM project aims to improve capacity for local medical staff through training courses and provide equipment for district and communal clinics.

It also supports the improvement of the health system management, especially in planning, monitoring and evaluating activities.

The project, now in its second phase, will purchase medical equipment for 15 communal clinics in the four districts of Thuan Nam , Ninh Phuoc, Ninh Hai and Ninh Son.

The medical centres of Thuan Nam and Ninh Hai districts will also be equipped with machines serving HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria prevention as well as mother and child care.

In the first phase, the project provided equipment for the health centres of Bac Ai and Thuan Bac districts and 15 communal clinics in the two districts as well as training courses for their staff.

Ninh Thuan is one of the 15 provinces benefiting from the project, which has been implemented between 2012 and 2016 with a total investment of 87 million USD.-VNA