Danish Red Cross grants aid for primary healthcare in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Dec. 8 (VNA) -- The Danish Red Cross has granted USD 3.5 million to the third phase of a primary healthcare programme in Viet Nam.

Documents to this effect were signed in Ha Noi on Dec. 7 between the Danish Red Cross and the Viet Nam Red Cross.

The programme's third phase will be carried out from 2001-2005 in eight provinces.

The first and second phases of the programme with a combined capital of USD 2.1 million were carried out in 29 communes in four provinces: Thai Binh and Lao Cai in the north, Dac Lac in the Central Highlands, and Soc Trang in the south from 1994.

Under the programme, 340 training courses on primary healthcare were organized for 65,500 people, 25 medical stations, 60 kindergartens and 3,439 water wells were built in those communes.

In addition, 32 health clubs for mothers, 53 credit groups and funds for malnourished children were set up.--VNA