foundation to provide surgery for the disabled in central province
|About 500 people with
disabilities in the central province of Quang Ngai are set to get free
surgeries in the next five years. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc
DA NANG — The American
NGO East Meets West Foundation has agreed to provide corrective surgeries for
poor people with disabilities in Quang Ngai Province.
For the purpose, it signed
an agreement last Friday with the province’s Committee for Population, Family,
and Children, and the Da Nang Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Centre.
The project is part of EMW’s
Support Network for People with Disabilities (SN-PWD) programme, an initiative
to help create channels of medical and educational services for people with
disabilities (PWDs) in Quang Ngai.
It aims to provide 500
PWDs free corrective surgeries in the next five years at a cost of US$187,500.
EMW established the
programme last year with a grant from the Ford Foundation to improve the quality
of life for PWDs through the creation of long-term, sustainable channels by
which they can access health care and other services.
Many people in the central
region have suffered, and continue to suffer, from serious health problems
related to exposure to dioxin, a powerful mutagen found in defoliants sprayed by
the US military during the American War.
There are an estimated
47,000 PWDs living in Quang Ngai, and over half live at or below the poverty
EMW will assist PWDs by
also providing vocational training, building capacity, refurbishing medical
facilities, rehabilitation and physical therapy.
effective support, thousands of people with disabilities in Quang Ngai Province
can have improved lives that are healthier, longer, more prosperous, and
enriched by greater options," said Dr. Charles Bailey, representative for
the Ford Foundation in Viet Nam.
"We are happy to
support EMW in its mission to build sustainable communities in Viet Nam,
particularly in the areas that have suffered the most."
An independent, non-profit
organisation, the New York-based Ford Foundation has provided grants for
innovative people and institutions worldwide to reduce poverty and promote
international co-operation, among others. — VNS