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In Vietnam more than 20,000 people die each year through lack of access to clean water, poor sanitation and hygiene knowledge.

Ly Mui Nai and her grandson live in northern Vietnam - where Red Cross is working with local communities to reduce the spread of water-borne diseases.

Vietnam is located in one of the most disaster prone regions in the world - at risk of typhoons, tropical storms and flooding. Over one million people require emergency relief each year.

On top of this, many communities in Vietnam lack access to safe drinking water and hygiene education.

Healthy water - healthy lives

The remote mountainous Lang Son and Cao Bang provinces, bordering China, face serious challenges to health, livelihoods, water, sanitation and hygiene.

This can all be changed…

"Diarrhoea is one of the biggest killers in Vietnam. In remote Vietnam, many families do not have toilets. Aside from the indignity of not having access to private and accessible facilities, poor sanitation is dangerous to health. Without proper sanitation systems and toilets, people are at risk of preventable diseases," says Michael Raper, Director of Services and International Operations, Australian Red Cross.

We need $35,000 to help communities in Lang Son and Cao Bang to:

  • provide clean water
  • promote health and hygiene in schools and communities
  • install water filters, tanks and eco-latrines.


One of the biggest challenges is ensuring communities have the skills and resources to sustain water supply and sanitation facilities into the future.

Show your support to help provide healthy water for healthy lives.

Phuong, 36 years old from Cao Bang province says, "Red Cross gave me a bio-sand filter. I now pour the water into this bio sand filter and I have clean water."

"Before we had the bio-sand filter, when the children were small, they had some diseases and stomach problems, now there are no more big problems."

Challenges Lang Son and Cao Bang provinces experience:

  • high rates of poverty
  • ethnic minority groups
  • more than half of the population lacks access to clean or safe drinking water
  • high incidence of water-borne diseases.




Michael Raper, Director of Services and International Operations says, "Working with Vietnam Red Cross, we will help communities to access safe water, build toilets in homes and schools, and run education sessions so local people have hygiene knowledge. This means they can protect themselves from preventable diseases like diarrhoea from unsafe water and poor sanitation."

$190 can stop the spread of disease by installing a toilet for a family in a remote community. Help now.

We will keep you informed on how our work in Lang Son and Cao Bang progress.

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