Despite improvements in key health indicators in Vietnam, children under age five still experience disparities in access to health services, especially in poor and remote areas or ethnic minority communities.

A major public health problem among these populations is childhood diarrheal diseases. Obstacles to prevention and control include unequal access to water; lack of community knowledge about the disease and prevention measures; and shortage of skilled health workers.

In this context, AMP has joined forces with the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) of Vietnam and Biocodex (a private French company) to develop a project, from April 2014 to September 2015, to improve the prevention and control of childhood diarrheal diseases among vulnerable populations in Vietnam. Called “CHILdhood DIarrhea disease in Vietnam” (CHILDI-V), the project is based on a public-private partnership model and falls within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and universal health coverage.

The project will target the five ethnic minority groups that live in Dien Bien (the northern mountainous region) and Ca Mau (the southern delta region): Tày, Thái, Mường, Khơ me and Mông.