Japan funds reproductive health project for Ba Ria- Vung Tau poor

Japanese consul in HCMC, Ikuo Mizuki (front R), and Phan Thi Hanh, president of the Vietnamese Association of Midwives, sign an agreement November 18 under which Japan will fund a reproductive health project for poor women in Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province (Photo: U. Phuong)

The Japanese consulate in Ho Chi Minh City has provided US$97,025 for improving the reproductive health of poor women in Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province.

The consul, Ikuo Mizuki, handed over the money as part of the Grassroots and Human Security Projects to Phan Thi Hanh, president of the Vietnamese Association of Midwives (VAM), at a ceremony at the consulate on November 18.

The money will be used to buy medical equipment to be used at a facility VAM plans to set up at the Ba Ria town medical center and by mobile teams to be organized to screen women for cervical cancer and provide maternal and child care in remote areas.

Vietnam has midwives working in every commune but they did not have an association of their own until 1995, a few years after the Ministry of Health sent a midwife to attend the 22nd International Congress in Kobe, Japan.

Mr. Mizuki hoped the project, the first of its kind in the south, would help improve reproductive health in the province’s remote areas.

By Khanh Thy

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