A historical hotel gets a new coat of paint
Under a “Disability Policy Program” funded by USAID, VNAH worked closely with MOLISA and other key government agencies to establish the Vietnamese National Coordinating Council on Disability (NCCD) within the Government of Vietnam. NCCD is also a key resource for international donors, non-governmental organizations and disability groups at the grassroots level for coordinating policies and programs for people with disabilities. HealthEd’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Project—a joint effort with the Vietnam Youth Union—made strides in educating Vietnamese youth about the disease and prevention. Using a peer-to-peer approach, five Youth Against AIDS Teams delivered information to other young people in selected wards of Hanoi. Also in 2003, a senior-level Vietnamese government delegation participated in a two-week study tour to the United States and Thailand to learn how Americans and Thais provide employment-related services for people with disabilities. The tour, coordinated by VNAH, was part of the U.S. Department of Labor-funded project to improve employment opportunities for the disabled in Vietnam.