The German Organisation for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the KfW, a German government-owned development bank and INWENT, a German capacity-building non-profit organisation, have been supporting the Vietnamese Ministry of Health since 1994. “The different institutes work practically hand-in-hand,” explains Günther Riethmacher, GTZ country director in Hanoi. “The GTZ does consulting and helps build up consulting points by training personnel. The KfW invests in the infrastructure, and for example provides money to supply contraception.” “The German Development Service has individual experts that offer advice at a provincial level and INWENT gives courses about how health policy can become part of national strategy. Each institute brings its own expertise to such programmes.” Significant results in 15 years The results are significant. The average birth-rate has gone down to 1.9 children per family over the past 15 years. “Advice on contraception, on condoms as well as the pill, is well accepted. Three out of four married women now admit they use contraception. That’s similar to the figure in Germany.“ Promoting the use of condoms can kill two birds with one stone — this cheap and easy form of contraception helps reduce pregnancies and also prevent sexually-transmitted diseases, including HIV-AIDS. General awareness campaigns about HIV-AIDS… Read full this story
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