Cows presented to locals in Thua Thien-Hue province by Philip Morris International Company - Illustrative image (Source: nhandan.org.vn)
Hanoi (VNA) – The US-based Philip Morris International Company on August 2 launched a project to provide breeding cows for poor locals in Ba Thuoc district of the central province of Thanh Hoa.

Under the “cow bank” project, the company plans to present 60 cows totaling 892 million VND (40,140 USD) to poor local households from now to October, with the purpose of helping them improve their livelihoods and escape from poverty.

These households will be trained on how to bring up the cows to have the highest economic efficiency.

In another development, the Red Cross of the southern province of Tay Ninh is coordinating with volunteer doctors to provide free medical check-ups and medicines for local people.

Since early July, more than 1,400 poor, old and blind people and ethnics in Tay Ninh city, Hoa Thanh, Tan Bien, Go Dau and Trang Bang districts have received check-ups.

From now to the end of 2016, the association targets 5,000 locals, especially those in far-flung and border areas, receiving free medicines and medical check-ups.-VNA