I speak today to honor the important role that social workers can fulfill. In many countries including my own, social workers are recognized for the invaluable work they do with vulnerable children and people who are poor, disabled, or suffer disadvantages. They work in our schools, our hospitals, our prisons, and our government. The International Federation of Social Workers describes social work as an effort to “address the barriers, inequities and injustices that exist in society.” What is more vital and laudable than that? Celebrating Social Work day is one way of recognizing the contributions of social workers around the world.
Social work as a profession in Vietnam is relatively new. You know the need to quickly increase the number of trained social workers. According to recent figures from MOLISA there are 6 million people with disabilities, nearly 3 million poor families and about 1.5 million children orphaned, abandoned, or who are victims of violence, abuse, or neglect. Within Vietnamese communities there are victims of family violence, drug and alcohol abuse, HIV/AIDS and homelessness. Their care and social and economic inclusion would be made easier through the attention of social work services.
ent of private providers in Vietnam’s tuberculosis case finding strategy through the support from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Public-Private Mix (PPM) for Tuberculosis and HIV Control project has led to the referral of over 30,000 tuberculosis suspects to diagnosis and treatment facilities with more than 3,500 tuberculosis (TB) cases confirmed.
Vietnam’s second co-pay methadone clinic where treatment costs are shared by drug users and government funding opened today in Lao Cai with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This clinic is modeled on the success of the first one that was put into use two years ago in Hai Phong.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), has launched the third round of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) awards to support and build scientific and technical capacity.
Our experience both here in Vietnam and globally is that a vibrant civil society sector is essential to connecting individuals facing the greatest HIV risks to lifesaving services. Thanks to the critical efforts of many of the civil society organizations represented here today, thousands of people in Vietnam are living happier, healthier, and more productive lives.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your contributions, and to say how proud USAID is of its history of support to building the organizational, technical, and advocacy capacity of civil society in Vietnam. With donor support, civil society organizations in Vietnam are increasingly at the forefront of delivering relevant, high-quality, and low-cost HIV services to those who need them most.
Last updated: July 10, 2014