Although the Vietnamese government has invested considerable resources in improving water and sanitation over the last decade and has made considerable progress in meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals, there are many challenges left which still need support from outside bodies.
When Singapore based NGO Lien Aid first visited the Thach Ha District Hospital, they found the water and sanitation facilities to be in very poor condition. With financial and logistics support from Borouge and their local agent Han Huy Trading, they constructed a new water treatment plant and transported contaminated wastewater from the hospital building to a new wastewater treatment facility. The hospital’s toilet facilities were also improved and hand-washing awareness raising campaigns carried out greatly improving the wellbeing of both patients and staff.
Vietnam has been growing fast over the last decade and has made considerable progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals on water and sanitation, however there are many challenges left which can still benefit from support from external organisations.
Lien Aid is a Singapore based NGO working in Asia to bring safe water and sanitation to poor communities. In this, their third collaborative project with Borouge, they have significantly improved the water and sanitation conditions for the patients and staff at the Thach Ha District Hospital in Vietnam.
As we all know clean water and good sanitation are essential for the health and wellbeing of us all and never more so than when we are in hospital recovering from an operation or illness.