Danang City

Introducing the US Quality Improvement Process to Nursing Faculty at University Dong A

Danang City, Vietnam - VNAH arranged for two senior American health professionals to visit the University Dong A (UDA) and lead a seminar on Quality Improvement (QI) for nursing faculty and other members of the University and health services community. Dr. Mary Segall, a Nurse Educator specializing in Quality Improvement and Prof. Mellen Tanamly, a Public Health Nutritionist were the invited speakers.  The seminar was held at the main UDA campus conference hall in Danang City, Vietnam, on January, 2017. This event was part of the VNAH and UDA partnership to introduce American practices into the Nursing Department curriculum.

Improving the quality of health services provided in the private and public health sectors in Viet Nam is one of the aims of ASHA support to VNAH and UDA. The project was implemented during period from 10/2014-9/2016, with a goal to improve capacity to meet the growing needs for quality higher education services and market demands for skilled workers in the central region of Vietnam.   The project specific objective was to improve the capacity for, and access to higher education and vocational training to ensure young people and the vulnerable populations receive industry-driven training and needed skill sets for employment.

The UDA now is able to offer training at its own facilities equipped like a real operation or business, which gives students practical work opportunities which prepare them for jobs in the industries for which they have been trained.  As a result, the UDA has seen steep increases in enrollments, especially in the three majors that the ASHA has provided commodities to.  The new enrollment in this school year (2016-2017) increased by 65% (from 915 to 1,510 students) in nursing program; and 88% in the electrical program (from 199 to 375 students); and 14% in the hospitality management (from 277 to 315 students), compared to previous years.    Prior to the project, these programs have an average increase of 10% annually.  These results are strong indicators of the project successes in capacity building for the UDA.

The speakers introduced American quality improvement concepts to nursing faculty and other invited guests. Dr. Segall presented “Building a Foundation for Improved Quality at Hospitals and Health Centers: The Role of the Nurse”. This was an overview quality improvement processes and tools that are used globally to strengthen health care services for better patient outcomes. Session Objectives were: to increase knowledge about safety and quality improvement; how to initiate a QI project in your setting: a review of selected priorities from data about Sustainable Goals & indicators of a package of health care services; to increase appreciation for the importance of measurement and monitoring in QI; to learn about a culture of innovation; learn about the Role of Quality Improvement Teams, the Role of the Nurse, & Use of Improvement Collaborative; and to learn about resources faculty can utilize for teaching QI. Ms. Tanamly discussed the application of quality improvement approaches to infant and young child feeding programs in Viet Nam.

The seminar was well attended by all senior and junior nursing faculty, other UDA officials, representatives of Ministry of Health and private health facilities, and UDA nursing students.  Following the event, the consultants met with the President of the University and the Dean of the Nursing School to discuss faculty development strategies.

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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.