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Japan to join China, RoK in bird flu prevention

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 at 7:23 pm

- The Japanese government has decided to conduct its first joint drill with China and the Republic of Korea, possibly in October, to prepare against the possibility of an outbreak of new strains of influenza, according to a Japanese newspaper.

Through the joint drill, the three countries hope to determine whether the sharing of information among them and their quarantine measures are satisfactory, using the results of the drill to establish new guidelines, the daily Yomiuri said.

Many people and items move among the three countries, as do many migrating birds. For this reason, the countries decided that cooperation was essential to prepare against possible outbreaks.

The Japanese government has announced it will urge Japanese nationals living or travelling abroad to return home immediately from a foreign country in which there is an outbreak of any new influenza strain.

The basic premise of the joint drill will be that a new strain of influenza breaks out in one of the three countries.

The Japanese government also plans to conduct joint drills with domestic medical institutions and local governments and to determine if these entities nationwide are fully prepared for a possible outbreak.

H5N1 avian influenza virus is said to have mutated into a new strain of influenza that can be passed on to humans. Many experts say such an outbreak would occur in Asia, where many people are reported to have been infected with the H5N1 virus.

Solid waste treatment factory put into operation in Ha Nam

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 at 7:12 pm

– A factory to produce organic fertiliser from solid waste was inaugurated in northern Ha Nam province on June 18.

The project, which started one year ago, was approved by the Prime Minister to use the Belgian Government’s preferential ODA credit to import equipment through Menart Company of Belgium .

The project was built with a total investment of nearly 68 billion VND, including almost 46.7 billion in ODA credit loan.

It will help Ha Nam treat a large amount of daily rubbish as local dumping grounds are likely full and contaminating environment.

The factory, which covers more than 48,000 sq. m in Thanh Liem district, has a design capacity of treating 120 tonnes of rubbish per day.

Vietnam, UK seek cooperation in climate change

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Vietnam and the UK have discussed ways to promote bilateral cooperation in coping with climate change and controlling environmental pollution during a week-long visit by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) Pham Khoi Nguyen.

While in the UK from June 12-18, Minister Nguyen held working sessions with senior officials of the Department for International Development (DFID), the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

At these sessions, the minister sought the UK support for Vietnam ’s pollution reduction programmes and partners in dealing with climate change as well as building an economy with less carbon dioxide emission level.

In an interview granted to a Vietnam News Agency correspondent in the UK , Minister Nguyen said the UK pledged to share experiences with and assist Vietnam in weather forecast, enhance officials’ capability and technology and transfer communications.

Sscientists have warned that Vietnam is one of the five countries that will be hardest hit by climate change. As the world’s temperature is forecast to increase by between one to three degrees Celsius in 100 years, Vietnam ’s sea level will rise by one metre. If Vietnam does not have proper policies on adaptation and mitigation of climate change, the country’s food output will decrease by five percent as the two major rice baskets – the Mekong Delta and the Red River Delta – are submerge in salt water.

The UK ranks Vietnam among its first priority countries for assistance and support. The UK has helped Vietnam in coping with climate change, reducing poverty and using new energy. The UK has also joined the donor community to sponsor Vietnam ’s National Target Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (NTP) and a plan to implement the programme.

Compiled by the MONRE, the programme is expected to be submitted to the Vietnamese National Assembly for approval by the end of this year.

More wild fauna and flora species listed as endangered

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Vietnam’s endangered wild flora and fauna species listed in the newly released Vietnam Red Book number up to 882 compared to 725 announced in the 1992-96 Red Book.

The Vietnam Red Book 2007, launched by the Vietnam Scientific and Technological Institute and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on June 26, updates the latest data of Vietnam ’s flora and fauna preservation.

Prof. Dr. Dang Ngoc Thanh, who led the compilation of the Red Book 2007, said the book reveals an alarming reality of the country’s natural resources with the increasing number of endangered species and the dangerous levels.

According to him, the new Red Book now has listed several species believed to be extinct, the highest level that was not seen in the previous publications. A great deal of species listed as vulnerable now become endangered.

There are some species that are thought to be extinct in Vietnam are still living in neighbouring countries, such as grey ox, two-horn rhino, and tapir.

The book also gives good news, that some endangered species are recovering thanks to Vietnam ’s preservation efforts, such as deer, white-headed langur, some species of pheasants, python and crocodile.

Dr. Vu Van Trieu, IUCN Representative in Vietnam, said the Red Book 2007 is a good contribution to the assessment of Vietnam’s biodiversity and the forecast of development trend in the future, serving as a basis for the completion and implementation of the Law on Biodiversity in Vietnam.

New project launched for a green country

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 at 7:09 pm

A new environmental protection programme titled Go Green (Hanh trinh xanh) will be implemented across the country between now and 2011 for the target of a green Vietnam.

Toyota Motor Viet Nam (TMV), the Viet Nam Environment Protection Agency (VEPA) and the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) will jointly work out and carry out the project.

The joint effort stems from TMV’s idea of creating a hub to promote environmental protection activities in cooperation with other organisations and dedicated environmental volunteer groups in Vietnam.

It aims to raise awareness of the community about environmental protection and get people into gradually changing their behaviour. It also hopes to directly implement and support other environmental activities which focus on minimising and halting damages to the environment as well as offer support and aid to individuals and organisations affected by environmental damages.

Go Green will be performed through three modules: practical activities to protect the environment; education and information campaigns to raise awareness on environmental protection, and support for the sustainability of those activities run by community themselves.

The programme will, in conjunction with the Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) centre, multiply the education model to residents and students living in areas surrounding national parks and nature reserves.

It will also support projects using biogas to fuel electric generator and develop bio-villages across the country.

Japan helps Hanoi in liquid waste treatment

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 at 7:08 pm

A Japanese consultancy partnership, the Nippon Koei-Viwase, is conducting a feasibility study on two liquid waste treatment projects on the outskirts of Hanoi .

One of the two projects will cover 13 ha in Thanh Tri district at a cost of 36.1 billion JNY and the other on 6 ha in Tu Liem district at 39.1 billion JNY.

These will be the two largest of its kind in Hanoi, ensuring liquid waste treatment for five inner precincts and two outskirts districts by 2017.

The project in Thanh Tri has been designed to treat 135,000 cu.m. daily in the initial stage and double the capacity in the second stage. The other one will have a daily capacity of 21,000 cu.m., which will increase by 3 or 5 fold in the second stage.

Nguyen Le, General Director of the Hanoi sewage company, said the capital city now discharges an estimated 510,000 cu.m. of liquid waste a day, including a large volume of toxic wastes from industrial zones and hospitals. Just between five and seven percent of the volume are treated by standards measures.

In addition to the above-mentioned projects, Hanoi is preparing to build a large-sized liquid waste treatment factory inside the Thong Nhat park and the other one by the Yen So lake with financial assistance from a Malaysian group.

The capital city is running two liquid waste treatment stations with limited capacity.-

Save the Children UK cares for HIV-infected children

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 at 7:07 pm

– Save the Children UK has teamed up with Ho Chi Minh City’s Committee for Population, Family and Children in a project to care for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS in the locality.

The project targets to prevent HIV/AIDS multi-harms on children, reduce children’s risks of infecting the deadly disease in addition to promoting preventive measures to protect children and the community from the epidemic.

The project, worth 650 million VND in non-refundable aid, will be carried out in Ho Chi Minh City ’s four outlying districts of Binh Thanh, Go Vap, Thu Duc and Hoc Mon from June 2008 till March 2009.

US doctors provide free surgery to children and patients

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 at 7:06 pm

– Doctors on the USNS Mercy hospital ship of the US will perform surgery for 88 children with cleft lips and cleft palates in central Khanh Hoa province and its neighbouring localities.

The free surgery, to be conducted under the 2008 Asia-Pacific Cooperation Progamme, will be joined by doctors from the Operation Smile Inc.

The USNS Mercy hospital ship plans to conduct free surgery on around 350 children with facial deformities in the Philippines , Vietnam , East Timor, Papua New Guinea in four months, starting in May.

Meanwhile, four professors and 24 doctors from the Palmer College of the US have checked and treated 1,600 patients with diseases related to back, bones and muscles, and physical problems caused by traffic and occupational accidents.

This mission, that took place from June 18- 21 at An Nhon and Phu My clinics and the general hospital of Phu Phong, was the second of doctors of the Palmer College in Binh Dinh province.

Palmer college doctors also donated 40 set of blood pressure monitors and stethoscopes, medicine, rice to the three medical centres. They visited and presented gifts to the provincial social support centre.

Luxembourg assists central province’s health care project

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 at 7:06 pm

The central province of Thua Thien-Hue has approved a project to improve reproductive health care services financed by the Luxembourg government.

According to the provincial People’s Committee, the project, cost nearly 330,000 USD, receives an aid of 280,000 USD and the remaining part comes from the local budget.

It aims to promote the access to reproductive health-related information and services, with special attention focused on juveniles, youths of minority groups and in remote areas.

It will also deal with issues of gender equality and domestic violence.

The five-year project will be carried out in ten difficult communes of Thua Thien-Hue province that have high rates of third births.

Institute joins US firm in infectious disease research

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 at 7:05 pm

The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) said it will cooperate with the US HJF Medical Research International Inc. (HJFMRI) to conduct infectious diseases research.

A memorandum of agreement to this effect was signed between the NIHE and the HJFMRI on June 20, which also initiated collaboration between the two organisations and the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS)

The Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and the National Institution of Allergy and Infectious Diseases under the US Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health will support the research and focus on projects in Vietnam involving avian influenza, enteric pathogens, plague and other infectious diseases.

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