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More people to have safe water by 2010

By the 2010, 75% of rural families will have safe water, and 70% percent will have hygienic toilets. Every kindergarten, primary school, medical station, market and office will have clean water.

The targets were set forth at a seminar on safe water supply in rural areas held in Hanoi on February 23rd with the assistance of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The seminar was aimed at reviewing the 23 years of a UNICEF-funded water supply project (1982-2005), and set forth goals for a project on safe water and environmental hygiene in rural areas in the 2006-2010 period.

So far, safe water supply systems have been constructed in all 64 provinces and cities. About 10.7 million people in rural areas have benefited from 308,480 water supply works.

UNICEF began its assistance in safe water supply for Vietnam in 1979. Three years later, Vietnam inaugurated the programme to provide safe water for rural areas through 2005 with a total investment capital of over 101 million USD, nearly 47.4 million USD of which was donated by UNICEF.

Vietnam has made continual progress in increasing safe water access and the sanitation situation in rural households, said Chander Badloe, Chief of the UNICEF Water, Environment and Sanitation Programme, at the seminar.

UNICEF will continue to support Vietnam in water supply in rural areas in order to help Vietnam achieve the Millennium Target and National Target of halving the number of people without access to safe water and hygienic latrines, he added.

Communist Party of Vietnam - (27/02/2006)

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