VNAH Press Release

VNAH Press Release - USAID / ASHA Project Kick Off, Tam Ky, Quang Nam

Quang Nam – Vietnam, January 29, 2015 -- The American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) Program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) and Dong A University (UDA) have partnered to improve training capacity and expand educational opportunities for vulnerable groups in Quang Nam province. The parties announced the project today in Tam Ky City of Quang Nam province.

“This USAID-supported project will facilitate sharing of American ideas in education and technology with Vietnamese institutions. It will also further VNAH’s mission to improve the quality of life and access to basic services for people with disabilities and ethnic minorities in Vietnam in general, and for those in Quang Nam Province in particular”, said Ca Van Tran, VNAH President.

With this USAID/ASHA project, Dong A University will be supported to improve its capacity for training in hospitality, electrical engineering and nursing to meet the growing demands of services and productive sectors in the area. The Project will support equipment needed for practical education, and develop partnerships between Dong A University and American educational institutions to improve capacity at UDA for curriculum development, teaching and other specific issues. The project will also expand educational opportunities for students with disabilities and students from ethnic minorities, the vulnerable groups that are most likely to face more challenges in access to education. “This project will greatly contribute to improving training capacity at Dong A University and human resource development in Quang Nam and to the national goal of increasing the quality of higher education.” said UDA Rector, Ms. Dao Nguyen.

The $500,000, two-year project will be implemented by VNAH, an international NGO operating in Vietnam since 1991. Over the past 10 years, VNAH has built 28 elementary schools, worth roughly U$1.2 million in rural and mountainous areas of Quang Nam province. VNAH has also provided assistive devices, rehabilitation services and livelihood assistance for several thousand disabled people in Quang Nam.

In addition to this project, USAID is currently supporting another disability project focused on capacity building for a disabled people’s association, direct assistance in rehabilitation services and creating jobs for people with disabilities in Quang Nam province.

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