HA NOI (VNS) — Thousands of people with disabilities in Viet Nam are enjoying better health and education, thanks to the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) persons with disabilities support programme.
The three-year programme, launched in 2012, focuses on direct assistance and building the capacity of local governments and local NGOs to provide a sustainable network of medical, education and employment services for persons with disabilities in eight provinces and cities.
"This part of our broader disabilities assistance portfolio has been vital to our continuing commitment to supporting persons with disabilities in Viet Nam," USAID Mission Director Joakim Parker said.
Working with the Vietnamese departments of labour, invalids, and social affairs, education and training, and health in these provinces and cities, the programme has also built the long-term capacity of more than 4,700 health providers, educators, employers and social workers through training that helps them adequately address the needs of people with disabilities in their communities.
The accomplishments of the co-operation under the programme were the subject of a recent workshop attended by more than 100 participants, including representatives from all provinces where the project provides assistance, and representatives from the ministries of labour, invalids and social affairs and health.
Since 1989, the United States Government has given US$60 million in assistance to persons with disabilities in Viet Nam.
USAID recently announced six new projects aimed at promoting health, social inclusion and disability rights of people with disabilities in Viet Nam. — VNS