Vietnam has been experiencing rapid economic growth and over the last 10 years 20 million people have been lifted out of poverty. With a 2006 GDP growth rate of 8.2% it ranks third to China and India.
Despite this achievement many people still do not have access to safe water and adequate sanitation. Many of the country’s water pipes are old and leaking, and a recent survey showed that only 18% of rural communities had sanitation facilities that met the government’s hygiene standards. Moreover, only 12% of schools had acceptable toilet facilities.
To aid change, Borouge is working with the Vietnamese Water Supply Association and universities to improve training and education in water and sanitation.