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July 24, 2014

HANOI, July 24, 2014 -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Vietnam Institute for Urban-Rural Planning (VIUP) under the Ministry of Construction jointly held a workshop today to showcase a new urban planning tool that protects communities and critical infrastructure from the impacts of climate change.

As the climate continues to change, Vietnam is increasingly at risk for flooding, extreme heat and sea level rise.  These disasters can disrupt homes, businesses and agriculture, impacting the livelihoods of many Vietnamese. Developed to help reduce disaster risks, the Climate Impacts Decision Support Tool (CIMPACT-DST) can project climate change impacts and suggest ways that urban planning can be used to adapt. By bringing together information about the impacts of climate change—information that is typically found in multiple places and is hard for non-scientists to interpret—into one place, the tool helps cities avoid infrastructure development in most at-risk areas and make better decisions about which areas are safe to develop more intensively as the population grows.

Donation of Personal Protection Equipment Protects Frontline Animal Health Workers.
November 20, 2013

As Vietnam readies for the upcoming flu season, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated 4,000 sets of personal protective equipment to help animal health workers respond quickly to potential new outbreaks of avian influenza, infectious disease and other emerging pandemic threats.

USAID Mission Director Joakim Parker speaks at the ceremony to mark the World Social Work Day.
November 8, 2013

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.

Pharmacies take part in TB referral services with support from USAID.
November 1, 2013

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.

October 30, 2013

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.

October 21, 2013

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.

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