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A water pump provided by CARE water and saniation project in use by a young girl. © CARE / Jason Sangster.A water pump provided by CARE water and saniation project in use by a young girl. © CARE / Jason Sangster.

CARE worked in Vietnam from 1945 to 1975 in the areas of health, vocational training and emergency relief.

CARE returned in 1989, working on both long-term development and emergency relief and rehabilitation.

Food and livelihood security

Employment and income security is of major concern in Vietnam, particularly for women who have traditional roles.

CARE trains women in small business management, and gives information on health, safe water and sanitation at the same time. They are able to participate in community development planning.

CARE is helping people to sustainably manage forests and equitably share costs and benefits.

Preparing for disasters

Vietnam suffers seasonally from natural disasters. CARE is working with communities to prepare for drought, storms and floods. Simple, inexpensive preparatory measures, particularly those run by communities themselves, are extremely effective in limiting damage and saving lives when disaster strikes.

Climate change

CARE is working to assist poor communities to adapt to climate change, for example planting dense mangroves along the coast. These not only diffuse waves in storms, but offer livelihood opportunities such as smallscale fisheries.

We also help ensure that national level climate change policies respond to the needs of poor and vulnerable communities.

Water and sanitation

CARE is providing water and sanitation facilities to schools, as well as community and in school education about health and hygiene practices.

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Where is Vietnam?

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Vietnam: Country facts

Population: 83 million
Life expectancy at birth: 70.8 years
Adult literacy rate: 90.3%
Access to improved water source: 85%
Under 5 mortality rate: 23 per 1,000 live births
Maternal mortality rate: 130 per 100,000 live births
HIV prevalence: 0.5%

Sources: UN Human Development Report 2007/2008



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