An Italian-funded project to improve self-reliance in nutrition and healthcare for ethnic minority groups in Vietnam has helped change the life of beneficiaries in Bat Xat district in northern mountainous Lao Cai province.

The three-year project, implemented by Unity and Cooperation for Development of People (UCODEP), started in Muong Vi and Den Thang communes in 2009 at a cost of more than 1.36 million Euros, to which 683,000 Euros were contributed by the Italian Foreign Ministry and more than 69,000 Euros from Oxfam Italy.

The project focused on providing safe water, education on women and children healthcare, savings fund and credits. It is designed to improve the livelihood for ethnic groups, especially women and children, reduce the fatality rate in common diseases and prevent and control diseases.

Under the project, a group of medical workers was set up to disseminate information on clean water and sanitation works and 145 cattle breeding facilities and more than 100 sanitation works were built./.