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VNAH Announces New Grants from USAID and Ford Foundation for Projects in Vietnam

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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.

US Doctors Set to Travel to Vietnam to Assist Physicians in Danang City

First Technical Assistance Visit Part of USAID/American Schools and Hospitals Abroad-Funded Humanitarian Effort

McLean, VA - February, 2007 - - Next month, physicians and rehabilitation specialists from Washington, D.C., will travel to Danang City, Vietnam, to provide the first round of technical assistance to doctors and clinical staff as part of the first humanitarian project in Vietnam funded by American Schools and Hospitals Abroad, a congressionally mandated USAID program.  

The project, coordinated by Viet-Nam Assistance for the Handicapped, will construct a two-story rehabilitation clinic as part of the 100-bed Danang Binh Dan General Hospital, Vietnam's first private hospital. A significant piece of this project is to provide technical assistance through training seminars, workshops and study tours that focus on rehabilitative surgeries, medicine and other technologies.

Several U.S. doctors and therapists from the Medstar Health partnership between Georgetown University Hospital and the National Rehabilitation Hospital have volunteered their time and experience to assist in this humanitarian effort.

"It is an honor to be part of the ongoing effort to provide medical care for the people of Vietnam," said Dr. Scott T. Sauer, an orthopaedic surgeon at Georgetown University Hospital. "This historic visit will open the door for the improved rehabilitation of patients after injury or surgery." 

"Everyone associated with this project is very excited to interact with the citizens and healthcare providers in Vietnam, and to build a long-term relationship to impact their healthcare needs," stated Dr. Paul Wang, clinical manager of NRH Regional Rehab at Georgetown University Hospital.

When completed later this year, the Rehabilitation Clinic at the Danang Binh Dan General Hospital will provide charitable care to patients, as well as serve Danang City as a demonstration and training center for physical therapists, physicians and nurses in a U.S.-based model of diagnostic and therapeutic care. It will also address the tremendous shortage of quality rehabilitation services for the urban population of Danang City as well as the ethnic minority populations in rural areas. Currently, many men, women and children in the region suffer from mobility and other problems often the result of landmines or war injuries that can be treated and, in some cases, cured if quality care is made available to them.

Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to meeting priority humanitarian and development needs in Vietnam. VNAH projects focus on helping people with disabilities lead rewarding and productive lives that include the ability to fully participate in their nation and their community social and economic affairs. 

VNAH to Organize Free Concert in Danang for People with Disabilities

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VNAH to Organize FREE Concert in DaNang for People with Disabilities
Concert will Commemorate U.N. International Day of Disabled Persons


McLean, VA, November 14 – On November 30, Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) will sponsor a concert in Danang, Vietnam to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons, which takes place on December 3. The concert will feature the well-known Vietnamese singers Ho Ngoc Ha, Phuong Vy and Cao Thai Son, the musical group AC&M from Ho Chi Minh City, two groups of performers from Vietnamese Army Command in Hanoi and the vision-impaired musical group from Nguyen Dinh Chieu School in Danang city.

The concert is the first event of its kind in Vietnam, and it has been officially scheduled for 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on November 30 at the Trung Nu Vuong Theater in Danang city. With this event, VNAH hopes to raise awareness about disability issues in Vietnam and about the many new humanitarian programs for people with disabilities (PWDs) in and around Danang, including the American Rehabilitation Clinic at Binh Dan General Hospital. 

As a result of generous contributions from the Danang city government, the concert will be free for PWDs. VNAH will provide transportation, accommodations and meals for approximately 150 PWDs from 14 provinces around the country, who will join another 400 local PWDs from the Danang area. Local school children, the general public, government officials, local non-governmental organizations and members of the media will also be invited to attend. A total of 1,200 people are expected at the concert, and thousands more will watch the event live on television channel DRT/Danang or rebroadcast on VTV-4 at a later date.

Along with the efforts of VNAH, major support for the event will be provided by C.A.T.I. Media & Event Company and the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Culture and Information of Danang city. 

Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to meeting priority humanitarian and development needs in Vietnam. VNAH's projects focus on helping people with disabilities lead rewarding and productive lives that include the ability to fully participate in their nation's and their community's social and economic affairs.

USAID/ASHA provide first grant to Vietnam

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Contact: Ca Van Tran, President
Viet-Nam Assistance for the Handicapped
Tel. 703-847-9582; catran@vnah-hev.org 

Viet-Nam Assistance for the Handicapped Secures Funding
from American Schools and Hospitals Abroad for Rehabilitation Clinic
Clinic is First ASHA-funded Humanitarian Project in Vietnam


McLean, VA, Oct. 20, 2006 - Viet-Nam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) announced today that it has secured funding from American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) to fund construction of a rehabilitation clinic in Danang, Vietnam's third largest city. ASHA is a congressionally mandated USAID program that funds projects abroad to effectively provide foreign nationals the benefits of American ideas and practices in education and medicine. This clinic will be the first ASHA-funded humanitarian project in Vietnam.(www.usaid/asha.gov)

ASHA awarded a grant to VNAH to construct a two-story rehabilitation clinic as part of the 100-bed Danang Binh Dan General Hospital, Vietnam's first private hospital. The new clinic will address the tremendous shortage of quality rehabilitation services for the urban population of Danang city as well as the ethnic minority populations in rural areas. Currently, many men, women and children in the region suffer from mobility and other problems-often caused by landmines or war injuries-that can be treated and, in some cases, cured if quality care is made available to them. 

The new non-profit rehabilitation clinic, which will be constructed next year, will provide charitable care to patients, as well as serve Danang City as a demonstration and training center for physical therapists, physicians and nurses in a U.S.-based model of diagnostic and therapeutic care. Regional Rehab at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, D.C., will help VNAH introduce American rehabilitation care standards and protocols.

"We're very grateful for ASHA's generous support of this project," said Ca Van Tran, president of VNAH. "Because the rehabilitation clinic will serve as a training center for professionals in the field of rehabilitation medicine, it will not only help patients with immediate needs, but it will help future generations as well."

Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to meeting priority humanitarian and development needs in Vietnam. VNAH's projects focus on helping people with disabilities lead rewarding and productive lives that include the ability to fully participate in their nation's and their community's social and economic affairs. For more information about VNAH, visit our website: www.vnah-hev.org