The Japanese government has come up with 337,621 USD in non-refundable aid to support the third phase of a maternal and infant healthcare project implemented in Vietnam’s northern mountainous province of Dien Bien.

The project’s third phase contract, signed on February 5 at the Japanese Embassy in Hanoi, allows the fund to be used to upgrade local clinics and improve the medical staffs’ skills in maternal and infant healthcare in Muong Cha and Tuan Giao districts.

The work has been carried out by the Japanese non-governmental organisation World Vision Japan, the Ministry of Health, and the Dien Bien provincial Department of Health.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Japanese Embassy’s representative Jun Yanagi expressed his hope that the project will generate good results in its final year and be expanded to other localities.

Cooperation between the Japanese Government and Dien Bien has occurred initially in Muong Cha and Tuan Giao districts – home to a high proportion of poor households since 2012.

World Vision Japan, an advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and justice, has been involved in development assistance activities in many countries across the world.

In Vietnam, it has engaged in many projects in education and support for the disabled.-VNA