The Programme “Clean drinking water for children” is launched in Long Xuyen city, An Giang province. (Photo: VNA)

An Giang (VNA) –
The Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) in collaboration with the Procter & Gamble Vietnam held a ceremony to launch a programme “Clean drinking water for children” in Long Xuyen city, the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on March 29 in response to World Water Day.

Addressing the event, VRC Vice President Tran Quoc Hung said An Giang is one of the provinces most affected by water pollution and suffering from severe water shortages.

Water shortage is the root cause of numerous social issues, such as diseases, infant and children mortality, raise drop-out rate, and pose difficulties for people in their daily life, Hung said.

Over the past two years, the clean water programme, funded by the Procter & Gamble Vietnam, has been launched in Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Long An, An Giang, Dong Thap, benefiting over 110,000 households.

In 2017, the company provided 800,000 P&G Purifier of Water packets for more than 60,000 households in the storm-affected provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Tri and Nghe An.

The programme helps raise the awareness of the importance of clean water for community health, thus reducing diseases and mortality caused by water pollution, he said.

Claude Zuhowski, the Global Disaster Relief Coordinator at Procter & Gamble Vietnam said, over the past two years, the programme has helped many Vietnamese families have drinking water, particularly those severely affected by floods and natural disasters.

Procter & Gamble Vietnam pledges to make greater efforts to expand the programme in all other Vietnamese localities suffering water shortages and vulnerable to natural disasters in the future, she said. -VNA