As many as 520 hygienic toilets have been built in the central province of Binh Dinh thanks to a sanitation project funded by the East Meets West non-governmental organisation.

The facilities will be handed over to households living under the poverty line in Tay Son, Phu My and Tuy Phuoc districts, according to the provincial Preventive Medicine Centre.

The project with a budget of 687,510 AUD (649,000 USD) is being carried out between 2013 and 2017 with the aim of supplying clean water for 3,254 families and supporting the construction of toilets meeting the health ministry’s standards on sanitation for 4,250 others.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), over 45 percent of rural families in Vietnam use unhygienic toilets or have none at all. Poor sanitation is blamed for diarrhea and pneumonia which are the main causes of death among children under five.-VNA