The Community Hygiene Output-Based Aid (CHOBA) Programme in the southern province of Tien Giang has yielded significant achievements, according to the local Woman’s Union.

As many as 8,300 sanitary toilets have been built under the programme since 2012 in 55 communes of the province, with a total expenditure of over 19.5 billion VND (929,000 USD).

According to Family-Society Department Manager of the provincial Women’s Union Ho Thi Tuyet Hong, the programme was designed to improve hygienic conditions for women and children in line with the goals of the National Target Programme for Rural Water and Sanitation through 2020.

The project helps improve hygiene in impoverished communities and contributes socially and economically, especially in building new-style rural areas, she added.

The CHOBA project, funded by the East Meets West foundation, assists impoverished and disadvantaged families in building new sanitary toilets to protect the local environment, reduce waterborne diseases, and change sanitary habits and behaviours.

The project does not directly financially support households, but rather awards packs which are delivered to families once they’ve build hygienic toilets through preferential loans.

The project has thus far been conducted in 496 communes in 10 provinces nationwide, including Ninh Binh, Hai Duong, Thanh Hoa, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, Dong Thap, Hoa Binh and Soc Trang, seeking to improve hygiene for 1.4 million people in rural areas.-VNA