Binh Phuoc Province - On August 2, 2018, VNAH worked with its local partners in Binh Phuoc and Tay Ninh Province to organize a workshop to review past year results and discuss work-plans for the FY2019. This is an activity of the Disability Rights Enforcement, Coordination and Therapies Project (DIRECT) funded by USAID.
Mr. Nguyen Tien Dung, Vice-chairman of Binh Phuoc People’s Committee and more than eighty participants responsible for the project implementation attended the workshop including representatives from ministry of health.
Many of the DIRECT Project’s achievements were highlighted and praised, especially in reaching 92% of the five-year target of beneficiaries, and in setting up the rehab service systems that staffed with trained practitioners for all three levels; from provincial to district and communal levels.
To-date, the USAID funded DIRECT has provided direct assistance to over 3,700 persons with disabilities in Tay Ninh and Binh Phuoc provinces, and assisted the set up of 20 new rehabilitation units, and training 90 new rehabilitation doctors and therapists. The project also trained 242 rehabilitation allied workers - who are staff of communal health clinics - to assist in follow ups and service referral at community level.
The workshop discussed the new USAID project model - particularly on inter-disciplinary rehabilitation team, and provincial challenges due to the recent GVN’s massive scale-down of personnel. They however agreed to pursue the USAID model for all rehab department in the province if having sufficient time and resources. The workshop also discussed challenges in intensifying follow ups for project’s beneficiaries, and engaging communal rehab workers in such efforts due to limited human resource, staff overload and cost-intensiveness. On this occasion, several participants conducted a short study tour to the CBR and rehab services in Ba Ria Vung Tau province - whose representative has considered DIRECT’s effort in rehab human resource development among the most intensive in the country, and believed it is a right approach for rehabilitation system strengthening.