Vietnam, in support of Spain’s Agency for International Development Cooperation and non-governmental organisations, has implemented a number of poverty reduction projects and built healthcare service models for local victims of human trafficking and those at a high risk of the illegal trade.

President of the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa emphasised the support at a ceremony to mark 15 years of the Vietnam-Spain partnership for development in Hanoi on March 27.

The projects have helped improve the living standards of local people, especially women and children, as well as raise the position of women in various fields, added Hoa.

She highly valued the Spanish Government’s all-round and strategic support over the recent past that suits Vietnam’s policies and priority, expressing her wish that Spain will continue to prioritise the expansion of the safe house model that helps victims of human trafficking reconnect with their community.

Visiting Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo reviewed the outcomes of the two countries’ collaboration in generating more jobs and improving the income of people living in rural areas in Vietnam.

He stressed cooperation and development as an efficient and crucial way to promote the two sides’ strategic partnership, adding his country will continue its support for Vietnam in the coming time, focusing on perfecting relevant institutional and legal frameworks to ensure gender equality.

Deployed in 2007, the safe house project has helped 260 victims of human trafficking back home and offered counselling to over 3,000 others. It has also provided those victims with medical check-up, psychological therapy, legal support and vocational training to enable their successful reintegration into social life.-VNA