New road tunnel construction
Japan began its technical assistance to Viet Nam’s Cho Ray hospital in 1966, just as the ‘American War’ was moving into high gear. A strong bond continues to link JICA and the hospital, one of the longest associations in the agency’s history.
In addition to healthcare, JICA is involved in many different projects around the Southeast Asian country. In Ho Chi Minh City it is helping to rebuild major infrastructure providing financial and technical assistance for a new airport, power networks, new highways, sewage and water treatment plans, a road tunnel and a new port.
In this International year of Biodiversity, the agency is involved protect Viet Nam’s flora and fauna and alleviate the effects of climate change. One Japanese volunteer currently is the country’s only sports therapists helping young athletes reach peak fitness while another project is helping poor farmers in the delta region to improve their livelihoods by growing citrus fruit.
As its population continues to soar, Ho Chi Minh City’s old infrastructure is creaking. JICA has been helping to transform the city, helping to build new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, ports, power networks and sewage and water works.
Japan’s association with Viet Nam’s biggest hospital, Cho Ray, began during the so-called American war. During several troubled decades this bond has been strengthened – one of the longest working relationships in JICA’s history.
The Central Highlands is a region of brooding mountains, highland mists and ancient legend. It is also home to rare pine trees, birds and orchids. Here, and elsewhere in the country, several projects are helping to protect flora and fauna and alleviate the effects of climate change.
The Delta is Viet Nam’s rice basket. However, many farmers remain desperately poor. One project is helping them diversify and make more money by growing citrus fruit which is in high demand in centers such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Takahiro Kawajiri is a 27-year-old Japanese volunteer. But he holds a unique position in Viet Nam. He is the country’s only sports therapist. During his two-year assignment he will help a new generation of young athletes to reach and maintain the highest standards of physical fitness.