VNAH wins multi-million dollar award to implement USAID's Vietnam Disability Program

VNAH Wins Multi-Million Dollar Award to Implement
USAID’s Vietnam Disability Program

McLean, VA – Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) was recently awarded a $6 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement its Disability Rights Enforcement, Coordination and Therapies (DIRECT) program in Vietnam.

The five-year program is aimed at strengthening disability rights nationally and supporting services in targeted provinces. The program is expected to provide direct assistance benefitting more than 4,000 individuals with disabilities and 5,400 service providers in Tay Ninh and Binh Phuoc provinces of Vietnam.

“This is a tremendous boost of support towards assisting Vietnamese with disabilities achieve greater equality and independence. VNAH is very pleased to continue a successful partnership with USAID to work on critical disability policies,” said Ca Van Tran, president of VNAH. 

The DIRECT program will include the following components to help ensure Vietnamese with disabilities are treated with equality and are integrated fully into society.

STRONGER ENFORCEMENT OF DISABILITY POLICIES
The program will support Vietnam government partners in developing and executing a national plan to align sectoral policies with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and to improve enforcement of existing national disability laws and action plans, including the expansion of health insurance coverage for rehabilitation services.

IMPROVED DISABILITY POLICY COORDINATION
The program will support the National Committee on Disability in strengthening advocacy, planning and monitoring of disability rights and programs, improving policy coordination at the national and provincial levels, monitoring and evaluating the CRPD implementation, and expanding the Disability Information System (DIS) to all provinces.

IMPROVED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES AND TRAINING
The program will also assist universities to incorporate occupational therapy postgraduate training into their GVN certification programs and train health professionals in Tay Ninh and Binh Phuoc as GVN-certified rehabilitation practitioners. Provincial, district, and communal rehabilitation departments/units will be set up, equipped and staffed with trained workers. Training and other interventions will be conducted to address issues of gender equality and nondiscrimination on the
basis of disabilities at local level.

VNAH is a U.S. non-governmental organization (NGO) that has worked for more than 25 years to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in Vietnam. With support from USAID, VNAH has collaborated with the government of Vietnam and various local and international partners to develop and implement Vietnam’s national disability law and its national plans of action on disabilities. Its programs have enabled thousands of Vietnamese with disabilities to regain mobility and improve their socio-economic status through gainful employment. VNAH has also promoted the development of university-level training programs for disability rehabilitation services and capacity–building for local support service networks. For more information, visit www.vnah-hev.org.