UNICEF Vietnam to Help Ca Mau Respond to Natural Disasters, Epidemics

UNICEF Vietnam is willing to supply technical support and cooperate with the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau to tackle issues caused by natural disasters and epidemics, UNICEF Representative in Vietnam Rana Flowers told provincial leaders on May 26. The two sides discussed several matters, most notably the impacts of climate change, rising seawater levels, drought, and epidemics on agricultural production, together with clean water supply and education for the vulnerable, such as women and children. Speaking at the meeting, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Than Duc Huong said climate change has increased the burden on local economic development. He expected that UNICEF will support Ca Mau’s efforts to cushion the blow from climate change and epidemics, and provide relief to those hit by natural disasters. In the long term, the province is looking for assistance in developing a climate change monitoring system and freshwater supply networks, for both basic daily use and production, he added. UNICEF is developing a cooperation program with Vietnam in the next five years, and wants to coordinate with Ca Mau to do more for local women and children, Ms. Flowers said. (BNews, en.Vietnam Plus, Vietnamanet, baoanhdatmui, Vietnam Plus)