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VNAH Announces New Grants from USAID and Ford Foundation for Projects in Vietnam
Activities to Focus on Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services to People with Disabilities in Danang city, Kon tum and Binh Dinh Provinces
McLean, VA, October 14, 2008 – Viet-Nam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) received two new grants from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ford Foundation for humanitarian projects in central Vietnam.
- The three-year, USAID grant will strengthen the service and create a comprehensive rehabilitation service network based in Danang city.
- The two-year grant from the Ford Foundation will aim to improve the health and economic well being of people with disabilities in Binh Dinh and Kon Tum Provinces. This is a part of the Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative on Agent Orange/Dioxin.
The American Rehabilitation Clinic, which was recently built with a special funding from USAID/ASHA at the Binh Dan General Hospital in Danang city, will be used as a hub to link with seven district health centers in the region. Key components of the USAID-funded project include developing the capacity for case management services, implementing a referral mechanism, training a network of community-based rehabilitation collaborators, and facilitating the exchange of technical skills and knowledge between the U.S. and Vietnam.
Along with comprehensive rehabilitation services, the project will also provide socio-economic support to people with disabilities in the Danang area through assisting in the formation of self-help and mutual support groups, as well as increasing access to available programs such as grants or loans, skills training and employment, and other resources.
In the initiative supported by the Ford Foundation, VNAH will provide needed health, social and economic assistance and services to people with disabilities. The project will be based in Binh Dinh and Kon Tum provinces. Ca Van Tran, President of VNAH stressed that “VNAH will make a special attempt to engage the overseas Vietnamese community and other organizations and will also support capacity-building initiatives for local service providers to ensure sustainability beyond the two-year period of the grant.”
VNAH will work with the local Departments of Health, and Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs of Danang city, Binh Dinh and Kon Tum Provinces as well as other relevant organizations to implement these programs.