Institute of Population, Health and Development: Connecting – improving access to clean water, school drinking water in rural and mountainous areas

(VTDVN) – In order to continue connecting and spreading the Project: “Local Activities in Vietnam for Environmental Health” sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2017, on the morning of March 19, 2021, at the Hoa Binh Provincial Boarding School for Ethnic Minorities, the Institute of Population, Health and Development (PHAD) led by TS. Nguyen Kieu Cuong Project Director cooperated with partners to have a meeting with the School’s Management Board, TSC, MSc. Guo Thang Canh, Secretary of the Party Committee, Chairman co-chaired the meeting.

Project Team Representatives and School Leaders at the Discussion

Attending were experts, project staff and representatives of PHAD institute partners; representatives of the Board of Directors, Party Committee, Trade Union, Youth Union and Office of Hoa Binh High School.

The objective of the meeting is to connect and organize communication to improve the capacity of local organizations to increase access to clean water and school drinking water for communities in rural and mountainous areas. Specifically, coordinating the implementation of the communication “Ambassador of the Country 2021”. Through the communication program, mobilizing resources to build treatment and water supply stations for some schools in mountainous provinces, including schools with many difficulties in Hoa Binh province.

The media program “Ambassador of the Country 2021” is a successful continuation of the series of communication activities “Ambassador of the Country” in schools in the provinces: Ha Nam, Thanh Hoa, Hanoi,… implemented since 2018, especially the Final Program “Finding Water Ambassadors 2020” at Nguyen Du Secondary School (Nam Tu Liem, Hanoi) on December 7, 2020 has had a strong spread. Through the 2020 Final Program, Nguyen Du Secondary School has mobilized sufficient resources to build a school water supply station with a capacity of 5m cubic meters/8 hours at The Waterfall Love kindergarten and primary school site, Tam Duong town, Tam Duong district, Lai Chau province.

Representatives of the school express their opinions

After listening to the representative of PHAD Institute report on the objectives, plans and results of the first phase of the project and listen to the expert opinions and opinions of project staff, NGUT, MSc. Guo Thanh Canh, Secretary of the Party Committee, Principal of Hoa Binh High School for High School highly appreciated the objectives and social significance of the project, along with practical contributions to improving the capacity of local organizations, enhancing access to clean water and school drinking water for communities in rural and mountainous areas; especially through the communication program to mobilize social resources to help build water treatment and supply stations for some rural and mountainous schools as deployed in Ha Nam, Thanh Hoa, Lai Chau, Ha Giang,… This is an activity of profound social significance, both overcoming safe domestic water sources for the community and reducing the burden of local budgets that need to be replicated.

On behalf of the Party Committee, the School’s Management Board, Ngut Quach Thang Canh expressed consensus and recognition to participate in cooperation with PHAD Institute to organize the media program “Ambassador of the Country 2021” at the school as proposed by the Institute in the middle of May 2021. Based on the results of the communication program, the school does not exclude the mobilization of social resources to enhance the improvement and installation of a new clean water supply system qualified for students and staff and teachers of the school.

The two sides agreed on the plan proposed by the PHAD Institute. In the immediate, focus on completing administrative procedures; improve the quality of the script and other preparations for the “Ambassador of the Country 2021” communication program to achieve the highest results.

Earlier, on the afternoon of March 18, phad institute also had a meeting with Thanh Xuan Secondary School, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi and also received high trust and consensus results from the school’s leaders and the Representative Board of parents of the school.

Dr. Nguyen Trung Chien – Project Technical Director

Hoa Binh High School for Ethnic Minorities was formerly known as Hoa Binh Socialist Youth School, a high school in Tan Hoa ward, Hoa Binh city, Hoa Binh province. On August 17, 1962, the school was visited by President Ho Chi Minh, with a profound advice: “Must: Study well, work well. Try forever, progress forever!” In recent years, the school has 91 teachers with more than 600 students in 23 classes, of which mostly DTTS students. The
school has more than 80% of excellent teachers at the provincial level, 16 teachers with master’s degrees. The teaching and learning of the school is always gradually improved in quantity and quality in a sustainable way. Over the past 30 years (Phase 2), the school has trained nearly 5,500 dtts students to graduate from high school. In particular, many students continue to attend universities and colleges to become key officials in many fields in the locality and throughout the country
. Honored and proud in the past 62 years, the school has been awarded many noble awards by the Party and the State: 02 First Class Labor Unions; 02 second-class labor unions;  02 third-class labor unions; 01 Chapter Independence. Title: Labor Hero Unit; many Certificates of Merit and Excellent Emulation Flags of the Government and the Ministry of Education and Training; Certificate of Merit from the Provincial Party Committee, provincial People’s Committee and other ministries, departments and branches. The school was recognized as a “National Standard School” in 2010. Many comrades led the Party and the State; international delegations visited.

The delegation took souvenir photos with the School’s Management Board



The “Local Activities for Environmental Health” project aims to strengthen capacity and strengthen cooperation between local organizations to address environmental health challenges in a sustainable and practical way through a learning model. The project will focus on tinging water pollution issues in Thanh Hoa and Ha Nam. Good practice models from the project will be replicated to other localities.


The project aims to develop a Vietnam Water and Health Alliance (VIWHA) with the diverse participation of local organizations to address clean water issues and share good practice models. Based on the core partners of the Institute for Health and Development Populations, the VIWHA Alliance will be open, flexible, scalability and adaptable to development challenges.


The project builds a support ecosystem to enhance the capacity of the Vietnam Water and Health Alliance and its members in finding effective solutions and responses to water pollution and other environmental health challenges. Key components of the system include an up-to-date database of stakeholders, the water pollution issues they face, a map of pollution issues, a small funding mechanism to assist locally in solving water pollution issues, and a set of tools based on a do-to-learn model for assessment. , implementing, supervising and learning.


The project aims at the sustainability of solutions to address environmental health challenges through the building and capacity building of local organizations. Public health issues related to water resources will be addressed by adopting a model to learn effectively and appropriately, strengthen partnerships, and through advocacy and legislation campaigns.


The project “Vietnam Local Activities for Environmental Health” ensures local mastery and mobilizes stakeholders to conduct activities quickly and efficiently. The project has been propagating and outreach to expand its partner network, towards the establishment of the Vietnam Water and Health Alliance in September 2018. Priority issues related to water pollution have been identified through community-based needs assessment, strategic planning workshops and stakeholder analysis conducted in collaboration with government agencies and beneficiaries in Thanh Hoa and Ha Nam provinces. 2 local alternative resources identified and capable of effectively supporting the operation of the project have been identified. The overall expected result of the project is the initiation, development and expansion of a national network of diverse localities capable of mobilizing resources and working closely.

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