Photo series promotes Covid-19 prevention among ethnic minority communities

HCMC - The Ministry of Health and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have launched a photo series that calls on ethnic minority people to act against the Covid-19 pandemic.

A photo features a health worker instructing a vendor at Sa Phin Market in Ha Giang Province on how to use a hand sanitizer – PHOTOS: COURTESY OF UNDP

The series of images reflects people in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang implementing the dual goals of sustainable economic development and effectively preventing and controlling Covid-19.

A Mong ethnic woman wears a face mask while transporting grass

The 50 photos were taken in late 2020 and early 2021 in four highlands districts, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Yen Minh and Quan Ba, the poorest districts that are home to many ethnic Mong people.

In the photos, the locals show their awareness of complying with preventive measures while working, such as by wearing masks, washing hands with antiseptic, sanitizing their homes and work environment and maintaining personal hygiene to protect their health and safety and that of the community.

Local children help each other wear masks

The photos also show how the locals develop tourism while preserving and promoting cultural identity, and at the same time, implementing measures to prevent Covid-19.

The photo series is part of the communication initiative, “Strengthening communication on Covid-19 prevention in the new normal situation for small ethnic minority businesses”, jointly implemented by the Ministry of Health, UNDP and other partners, with support from the Government of Japan.

Women in Dong Van grow vegetables to earn a living

The initiative has been implemented in Ha Giang Province, with a series of practical activities that provide knowledge and information and promote new habits among people for the prevention and control of the pandemic.

The project has reached out to local government officials, health workers and small businesses in Ha Giang City and Meo Vac, Dong Van, Quan Ba and Yen Minh districts. It has provided more essential resources for the local government in its prevention control efforts and guidance for people, especially small ethnic minority businesses, to co-exist safely with Covid-19 while recovering and building forward better.

Medical workers check the body temperatures of people at the Dong Van medical center

The initiative has helped enhance equality in healthcare for the ethnic minority groups, toward implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.