Rehabilitation Clinic

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.

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