Binh Phuoc Province: Duong Thi Thuy Huong

Visit to Duong Thi Thuy Huong's Home.

Visit to Duong Thi Thuy Huong's Home.

This girl's full name is Duong Thi Thuy Huong. We met her at the second clinical examination at Binh Phuoc Traditional Medicine hospital on April 27, 2016. She is a victim of Agent Orange since her mom was a soldier at Military Zone 5.  

Huong was born in 1990 and weighed 3 kg at birth; she was immediately diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy. When she was three years old, her family took her to the Peace Village in Binh Duong for a rehabilitation treatment program but it did not make any progress. She could speak at the age of 10; however, due to lack of appropriate treatment, now she hardly ever says a word. 

At the clinical examination, the therapists (OT and PT) provided her with several rehab programs. They also instructed her mom how to conduct these programs and take good care of her at home. After two months, a homevisit group was organized to come to her house for health and environment assessment purposes. The physiotherapist tested her skills again and noted that she was able to perform basic movements. For instance, she can move from the floor to the chair and reach things around with some encouragement from other people. She can even turn on her favorite music on the radio. That is why the therapist suggested that her family should spend time to create motivation for her to do activities of daily living, help her form good habits and socialize with neighbors. It is believed that if being taken care of in the right way, Huong will be more likely to show improvement and be more independent in life. This case will continue to be followed up by DIRECT’s technical staff.

Binh Phuoc Province: Tran Thanh Tam

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   Tran Thanh Tam was showing his motor skills   to the experts in the 2nd clinical examination.

Tran Thanh Tam was showing his motor skills to the experts in the 2nd clinical examination.

Tran Thanh Tam, born in 1985, suffers from Down syndrome. He lives in Tan Xuan ward, Dong Xoai town, Binh Phuoc province. Fortunately, after taking health check in the 2nd clinical examination at the Binh Phuoc Traditional Medicine Hospital, Tam was concluded that he does not have many serious problems with his physical movements. 

Indeed, Tam can slowly walk and take care of his own activities of daily living. However, he would like to communicate with people in the surroundings, but interaction is his greatest obstacle in life. He tries to express his thoughts to the family and friends even though it is hard for them to understand. 

As a wonderful idea, in order to improve his abilities, the experts who were invited to give him a health check gave some advice to his family that he should be taught how to use cellphones, be in touch with people, especially his family using verbal action. Moreover, Tam should be motivated by his mother when he does something right at home. For example, the mother can praise him up when he is able to step by step take a shower or motivate him to speak significant short sentences such as I am hungry, I want to eat and play with friends.

As a result, Tam has become more confident when interacting with people. Now he is no longer afraid of walking upstairs, and he can easily adapt to new exercises that he practices every day at home with the encouragement of the family. Tam does not need follow-up activity according to the experts’ opinions, but all believe that he can increase his abilities in short future and create his good routines following the timetable. 

Rest In Peace General John Vessey

General John Vessey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Ca Tran. 

General John Vessey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Ca Tran. 

General John Vessey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this week. In late 1991, I met him at the Pentagon to brief him on VNAH's effort to assist the war victims in the South of Vietnam. He was kind and gracious, among the early supporters of VNAH.

We offer our deepest condolences to his family.

Disability Rights Enforcement, Coordination, and Therapies (DIRECT)

Hanoi, VN - August 2016
VNAH continues to make major impacts on the lives of Vietnamese with disabilities through the five-year program, the Disability Rights Enforcement, Coordination, and Therapies (DIRECT). This program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The project aims to expand opportunities for persons with disabilities through higher quality and sustainable services, awareness, and advocacy strengthening. DIRECT has two objectives: 
1/ Enhance resources for disability programs and services. The project supports the development and delivery of quality rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities, especially those with severe and developmental disabilities in Binh Phuoc and Tay Ninh provinces.  
2/ At the national level. The project aims to improve the access to quality rehabilitation services. These will be achieved through supports to government of Vietnam's National Committee on Disability (NCD) to enhance coordination and enforcement of disability policies; with a focus on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and health insurance for rehabilitation services.  
In summary, the DIRECT will focus on following major activities:
- Assisting the GVN partners in the implementation of the CRPD, by harmonizing/mainstreaming its goals/plans with local mechanisms such as the disability action plans; and revision/improving sectoral/ministry-level policies and programs such as the insurance coverage for rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities; 
- Supporting local governments in two focused provinces of Tay Ninh and Binh Phuoc to develop and improve enforcement of CRPD and other disability policies. This would focus on annual review and planning, monitoring, as well as vertical and horizontal coordination;
- Developing/piloting a national disability database through expansion of the existing disability information system (DIS), making it a foundation for the national disability database;
- Supporting the newly established National Committee on Disability (NCD) and its two provincial branches to improve coordination, monitoring and evaluation in order to facilitate enforcement of disability policies and programs.
- Developing Physical therapy/occupational therapy (PT/OT) certificate-based training materials for short-term training in PT/OT
- Developing a force of rehabilitation workers with training courses for existing doctors and health care workers to become recognized PT/OT practitioners in the two project sites;
- Improving availability of and access to quality PT/OT services through setting up and provision of equipment for rehabilitation units at city and district levels in the two provinces;
- Delivering PT/OT services, priority given to children with cognitive disabilities and persons with severe disabilities through outreach and center based services, and other supports aimed at improving their activities of daily living (ADL) and social integration.
- Training for service providers and caregivers on gender issues.

The NIPPON FOUNDATION (Japan): Agreement with World Bank for Cooperation in Support for Disabled People

Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, Senior Director for the World Bank Group's Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice (left) and Shuichi Ohno, Executive Director of The Nippon Foundation at the signing.

The Nippon Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the World Bark to cooperate in carrying out joint projects in the area of support for disabled people. The signing took place at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., at 14:00 local time on April 14 (03:00 on April 15, Japan time). This marks the first time that a Japanese private-sector organization will partner with the World Bank in the field of support for disabled people.

The tie-up is in response to a request from the World Bank, in recognition of The Nippon Foundation’s activities in the field of support for disabled people. Through this tie-up, The Nippon Foundation and the World Bank will develop programs that further expand networks to support the independence of disabled people.

The MOU covers five specific areas:

Collaboration on activities related to disability including those related to the creation of employment opportunities for disabled people; Cooperation in vocational training in information and communications technologies (ICT); Fostering partnerships to build global networks to support disabled people; Collaboration on the promotion and preparation of conferences of business leaders with disabilities, including international forums to encourage persons with disabilities to take on leadership roles; and pooling of efforts and expertise, including temporary staff secondments.

Activities that involve disabled people have become an important theme internationally.* The Nippon Foundation also concluded a framework agreement with UNESCO in December 2015 to work together in areas including the holding of a Festival of Disabled Artists to coincide with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and the use of ICT in education for disabled people. By partnering with these two international organizations – the World Bank and UNESCO – the Nippon Foundation intends to strengthen its activities in the area of support for disabled people.

One of the Sustainable Development Goals approved by the United Nations in 2015 includes a call to “Empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or other economic or other status.”

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VNAH: Construction of New Rehabilitation Unit in Tân Biên District, Tây Ninh Province

VNAH Team in Tân Biên District, Tây Ninh Province on May 12, 2016.

Tân Biên District, Tây Ninh province - On May 12, 2016, VNAH started the construction of a rehabilitation unit in Tan Bien District. The special project is funded by the Japanese Consulate General in HCMC (Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project - GGP). This would be the first time VNAH able to secured direct support from the Japanese Government in program to assist Vietnamese war victims including children and adults affected by Agent Orange/Dioxin. The Project will complement current VNAH's DIRECT program under USAID/Vietnam's Disability support and development strategy (…/USAID-Vietnam-Disabilities-Assistan…).

This rehabilitation center will provide walk-in and outreach services to more than 6,000 people with disabilities in Tan Bien and surrounding districts

USAID Information Sharing & Coordination among Disability Support Programs in Vietnam

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Mr. Joakim Parker, USAID/Vietnam Mission Director speaks at the Conference to coordinate all disability programs being implemented in seven provinces. The new five-year disability cooperation program between Vietnamese Government and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was officially approved by the Prime Minister on 4th April 2016.

The new program, funded by USAID, aims to expand opportunities for persons with disabilities through improvement of coordination and enforcement of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and disability legislation; delivery of physical, occupational and speech therapy services; and service system capacity strengthening. The program is implemented by six organizations including VNAH in cooperation with central and local partners and targeting 7 provinces including Thai Binh, Hue, Quang Nam, Tay Ninh, Binh Phuoc, Binh Dinh and Dong Nai.