VNAH Wins Multi-Million Dollar Award to Implement USAID's Vietnam Disability Program

VNAH Wins Multi-Million Dollar Award to Implement
USAID’s Vietnam Disability Program

McLean, VA – Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) was recently awarded a $6 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement its Disability Rights Enforcement, Coordination and Therapies (DIRECT) program in Vietnam.

The five-year program is aimed at strengthening disability rights nationally and supporting services in targeted provinces. The program is expected to provide direct assistance benefitting more than 4,000 individuals with disabilities and 5,400 service providers in Tay Ninh and Binh Phuoc provinces of Vietnam.

“This is a tremendous boost of support towards assisting Vietnamese with disabilities achieve greater equality and independence. VNAH is very pleased to continue a successful partnership with USAID to work on critical disability policies,” said Ca Van Tran, president of VNAH.

The DIRECT program will include the following components to help ensure Vietnamese with disabilities are treated with equality and are integrated fully into society.

STRONGER ENFORCEMENT OF DISABILITY POLICIES
The program will support Vietnam government partners in developing and executing a national plan to align sectoral policies with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and to improve enforcement of existing national disability laws and action plans, including the expansion of health insurance coverage for rehabilitation services.

IMPROVED DISABILITY POLICY COORDINATION
The program will support the National Committee on Disability in strengthening advocacy, planning and monitoring of disability rights and programs, improving policy coordination at the national and provincial levels, monitoring and evaluating the CRPD implementation, and expanding the Disability Information System (DIS) to all provinces.

IMPROVED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES AND TRAINING
The program will also assist universities to incorporate occupational therapy postgraduate training into their GVN certification programs and train health professionals in Tay Ninh and Binh Phuoc as GVN-certified rehabilitation practitioners. Provincial, district, and communal rehabilitation departments/units will be set up, equipped and staffed with trained workers. Training and other interventions will be conducted to address issues of gender equality and nondiscrimination on the
basis of disabilities at local level.

VNAH is a U.S. non-governmental organization (NGO) that has worked for more than 25 years to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in Vietnam. With support from USAID, VNAH has collaborated with the government of Vietnam and various local and international partners to develop and implement Vietnam’s national disability law and its national plans of action on disabilities. Its programs have enabled thousands of Vietnamese with disabilities to regain mobility and improve their socio-economic status through gainful employment. VNAH has also promoted the development of university-level training programs for disability rehabilitation services and capacity–building for local support service networks. 

VNAH wins multi-million dollar award to implement USAID's Vietnam Disability Program

VNAH Wins Multi-Million Dollar Award to Implement
USAID’s Vietnam Disability Program

McLean, VA – Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) was recently awarded a $6 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement its Disability Rights Enforcement, Coordination and Therapies (DIRECT) program in Vietnam.

The five-year program is aimed at strengthening disability rights nationally and supporting services in targeted provinces. The program is expected to provide direct assistance benefitting more than 4,000 individuals with disabilities and 5,400 service providers in Tay Ninh and Binh Phuoc provinces of Vietnam.

“This is a tremendous boost of support towards assisting Vietnamese with disabilities achieve greater equality and independence. VNAH is very pleased to continue a successful partnership with USAID to work on critical disability policies,” said Ca Van Tran, president of VNAH. 

The DIRECT program will include the following components to help ensure Vietnamese with disabilities are treated with equality and are integrated fully into society.

STRONGER ENFORCEMENT OF DISABILITY POLICIES
The program will support Vietnam government partners in developing and executing a national plan to align sectoral policies with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and to improve enforcement of existing national disability laws and action plans, including the expansion of health insurance coverage for rehabilitation services.

IMPROVED DISABILITY POLICY COORDINATION
The program will support the National Committee on Disability in strengthening advocacy, planning and monitoring of disability rights and programs, improving policy coordination at the national and provincial levels, monitoring and evaluating the CRPD implementation, and expanding the Disability Information System (DIS) to all provinces.

IMPROVED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES AND TRAINING
The program will also assist universities to incorporate occupational therapy postgraduate training into their GVN certification programs and train health professionals in Tay Ninh and Binh Phuoc as GVN-certified rehabilitation practitioners. Provincial, district, and communal rehabilitation departments/units will be set up, equipped and staffed with trained workers. Training and other interventions will be conducted to address issues of gender equality and nondiscrimination on the
basis of disabilities at local level.

VNAH is a U.S. non-governmental organization (NGO) that has worked for more than 25 years to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in Vietnam. With support from USAID, VNAH has collaborated with the government of Vietnam and various local and international partners to develop and implement Vietnam’s national disability law and its national plans of action on disabilities. Its programs have enabled thousands of Vietnamese with disabilities to regain mobility and improve their socio-economic status through gainful employment. VNAH has also promoted the development of university-level training programs for disability rehabilitation services and capacity–building for local support service networks. For more information, visit www.vnah-hev.org.

VNAH Makes Strides in Social Work Training

With support from USAID and its government partner MOLISA, VNAH successfully designed and completed training materials on Social Work with People with Disabilities. 

These materials were used in train-the-trainer (TOT) programs for students and teachers at the Bachelor and Master Degree levels in Social Work. Comprehensive instructional/teaching materials were designed with the assistance of nine master trainers in March 2015 and included advanced teaching methodologies organized and supported by the University of Social Science and Humanities (USSH). 

The training was conducted in early April under the leadership of Dr. Tran Thi Le Thu, a VNAH consultant and expert in Social Work from Hanoi University of Education. Trainees included faculty representatives from seven universities in the country: Thai Nguyen University, Hong Duc University Quang Nam University, Hai Phong University, Hue University, Vinh University and Danang University. 

A total of 90 Social Work students and 26 Social Work lecturers were trained during these sessions. In a follow-up feedback session nearly all indicated they felt more confident to teach SW with people with disabilities to their students.  “This training was very beneficial. There are always new things to learn in the field of social work with people with disabilities, and this training highlighted that for me,” said MOLISA Vice Minsiter Nguyen Trong Dam.

VNAH Conducts Regional Conferences on Rehabilitation National Action Plan

HANOI, April 24, 2015 - Key achievements occurring in the area of policy included the organization of a regional conference on the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) on Rehabilitation in Ho Chi Minh City, hosted in January this year.

More than 70 delegates from provincial departments of health, rehabilitation hospitals and rehabilitation departments of provincial general hospitals of 32 Southern and South Central provinces and persons with disabilities participated in the event. 

Participants were trained on the NAP Rehabilitation, the disability-related monitoring and evaluation indicators of the health sector. They were also provided with guidance on how to develop provincial rehabilitation plans. 

Following the success of the first regional conference on NAP in HCM City, the second regional conference on the NAP Rehabilitation was held on 24th April, 2015 in Hanoi, with participants from departments of health and rehabilitation hospitals in Northern and North Central provinces and persons with disabilities. 

Additionally, the project has been working with Binh Dinh, Thai Binh and Tay Ninh on developing provincial rehabilitation plans, which will be submitted to the local authorities for final approval and implementation.

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.

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.