The People’s Committee of the northern province of Hai Duong and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) office in Vietnam launched a project to prevent domestic violence, control the imbalance of sex ratio at birth and care for the elderly on August 27. The 2.3 million USD project, nearly 700,000 USD of which is contributed by the province, will be implemented in eight communes of Kinh Mon and Thanh Mien districts until 2016. It aims to improve the capacity of provincial offices and agencies by providing support for the implementation of cost-effective interventions on the issues on a pilot basis. The model will be applied nationwide. Vice Chairwoman of the provincial People’s Committee Dang Thi Bich Lien said the project will help Hai Duong deal with the challenges it is facing. UNFPA Vietnam Deputy Representative Mandeep K.O’Brien, for her part, said the project will play a key role in the work and proving that cost-effective intervention models are able to be duplicated throughout the country.-VNA