Rehabilitation Center

New Rehabilitation Center to Serve People with Disabilities in Chu Lai

GROUNBREAKING CEREMONY OF A REHABILITATION CLINIC Chu Lai, Vietnam - April 15, 2018  VNAH started the construction for a new rehabilitation clinic in Nui Thanh district, Quảng Nam Province. The construction and provision of equipment for the rehabilitation department at Nui Thanh District Health Center will provide much needed services to thousands children and adults with disabilities in the area for years to come. Local government and VNAH will support training for doctors and health providers to become rehabilitation practitioners, and provide physical therapy and rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities at the new clinic after it is built and operational. In February VNAH also delivered a similar rehabilitation department in Tan Bien District, Tay Ninh Province that was funded by the Consulate General of Japan.

Hỗ trợ Người Khuyết tật Việt Nam (VNAH) đã phối hợp tổ chức lễ Khởi công xây dựng mới một Khoa Phục hồi & Vật lý trị liệu để phục vụ cho trẻ em và người khuyết tật ở huyện Núi Thành, tỉnh Quảng Nam. Dự án này được Đại sứ Quán Nhật Bản tài trợ trong khuôn khổ Chương trình viện trợ không hoàn lại.Song song với việc xây dựng, hội VNAH sẽ phối hợp Phòng Y tế huyện Núi Thành, hỗ trợ chương trình đào tạo, nâng cao trình độ kỹ thuật, chuyên môn, cho cán bộ y tế.

Case Study: Out of Isolation

Fall/Winter Newsletter 1998

Nguyen Huong Duong was 21 when the tragic accident happened. Racing across the railroad tracks with her friends one afternoon, Nguyen tripped and a train crushed both of her legs just below the knees. The ensuing pain and shocks never seemed to go away. A year after the accident, Nguyen hardly got out of the house. Becoming disabled to her meant isolation and being left behind. Over the next two years Nguyen tried several pair of limbs manufactured at two different clinics, none of them fitting properly, not even for a short walk.

Then in late 1996, Nguyen showed up at the one-room VNAH field office in Ho Chi Minh City ‘just for some inquiries’ about the possibility of getting a better fit for her below the knee (BK) artificial limbs. She didn’t know that that ‘casual’ visit would change her life once more. This time, for the better.

VNAH’s staff arranged an examination and diagnostic for her at our Can Tho Prosthetics and Rehabilitation Center. A pair of new Bks was carefully fabricated. Nguyeh had to wait nearly seven days, but when she finally got to try out the new legs for the first time, “they fitted so well, I just wanted to run in them,” she exclaimed. She was thrilled. She had thought she could never walk again without pain. Nguyen took time to thank everyone at the Can Tho center.

Returning to Ho Chi Minh City, she enrolled in an English As A Second Language (ESL) class during the evenings, and began to look for a job. Being able to walk again gave her confidence. She is now working part time for a radio station in Ho Chi Minh City as an announcer on children’s programs. The part of her work she likes best is reading stories to blind children. “I just like to do something for these kids!” Nguyen reports.