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On 4 October 2013, Childfund Australia in collaboration with VIHEMA and the Partnerhsip will organize a workshop sharing lessons learnt and experience on CLTS implementation by Childfund and some other NGOs, contributing to the sanitation promotion implementation under the RWSS National Target Program.

Press Release

The Vietnam Health and Environment Management Agency (VIHEMA) under the Ministry of Health, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Partnership Coordinating Unit (RWSSP) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Representative Office of ChildFund Australia in Vietnam jointly held the “CLTS – Practice and experiences – sharing from ChildFund and other NGOs’ Water and Sanitation projects” workshop on 04 October 2013 in Hanoi.

The workshop aims to share practical experiences on rural sanitation promotion through the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach of NGOs as well as to enhance cooperation in implementing the sanitation component of the National Target Program on Rural Water Supply and Sanitation in Vietnam, 2012 – 2015. Participants are representatives from the NGO sector and government stakeholders in rural water and sanitation, ChildFund’s local partners in Quang Uyen and the New Zealand Embassy in Vietnam.

The Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement project supported by the aid program of the New Zealand Government has implemented CLTS approach in 94 villages in seven communes in Quang Uyen since 2011. In Vietnam, ChildFund is among the first five NGOs practising the approach and the first NGO to activating CLTS in Cao Bang. A baseline survey conducted in 2010 showed that only 10 among 340 households interviewed in the communes (3.6%) have hygienic latrines. The rest had temporary or no latrines at all. Two years after the project was implemented, nearly 1,000 hygienic latrines have been built. Each household received the project’s partial support of VND2,000,000 (about USD$100) for building latrines and give themselves in to bear the rest of the construction cost. 84% of the households who have attended the IEC sessions in seven communes built latrines as committed, in which 16% self-paid total construction costs.

Kieu Thu Huong, a member of Quang Uyen district women’s union and the project implementation team said, “CLTS an effective approach to sustainably change people’s attitude and behaviours by focusing on motives leading to change. By analysing the current situation of hygiene- sanitation practice and its consequences, people will understand clearly the open defecation impacts, then voluntarily change their habit into using latrines”.

ChildFund will continue to apply CLTS approach invillages in 13 communes in Quang Uyen and Tra Linh districts, Cao Bang province by the end of 2013.

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