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Hanoi (VNA) – The General Office for Population and Family Planning under the Ministry of Health on April 12 launched a Japanese-funded project to provide preventive health care services to the elderly to cope with population aging in Vietnam.

The project, which has been carrying out from July 2017 to March 2020, is funded with 91,750 USD from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and over 1.4 billion VND from the Vietnamese Government.

It aims to build a standard model on caring the health of the elderly in the community before multiplying it across the country, contributing to meeting the demand of long-term care for the elderly.

The projects has five components, including building specific projects and plans for each year, popularising preventive medicine programmes through communications and consultations, enhancing officials’ capacity on managing and guiding the elderly on exercise to avoid falling, preparing equipment and facilities for the maintenance of exercise activities of elderly, and giving supervision and technical support to the project.

According to deputy head of the General Office for Population and Family Planning Nguyen Van Tan, the project is being piloted in Xuan Phuong ward of Hanoi’s Nam Tu Liem district.

At the event, Japanese delegates shared experience on building a comprehensive health care system for the elderly as well as providing nursing services at home.-VNA