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September 10, 2014

HANOI, September 10, 2014 -- U.S. Agency for International Development’s Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia, Denise Rollins, visited Vietnam on September 9 to highlight the partnerships behind USAID’s programs to facilitate economic growth and expand opportunities for social inclusion. The Acting Assistant Administrator also recognized the impact of past and current USAID assistance to address war legacies.

In Hanoi, Ms. Rollins met Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat; discussions touched on climate change, emerging pandemic threats, wildlife trafficking, and disaster risk reduction.  The Acting Assistant Administrator also participated in an economic governance panel where she spoke about the important role of private sector and civil society to help ensure inclusive economic growth.

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David B. Shear speaks at the opening ceremony of the JAC meeting.
December 4, 2013

On December 4-5, 2013, the United States hosted the eighth meeting of the U.S-Vietnam Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) on Agent Orange/Dioxin in Danang.  This two-day meeting allowed Vietnamese and U.S. scientific experts to exchange views and expand dialogue on issues related to Agent Orange/dioxin.  The JAC has met annually since 2006 to provide scientific advice to the governments of Vietnam and the United States on dioxin contamination cleanup and research on health issues associated with dioxin.

December 2, 2013

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has helped Vietnam to improve its legal framework to combat human trafficking more effectively through a five-year program that concluded last week.

USAID Acting Mission Director Randolph Flay speaks at the International Day of Persons with Disabilities event.
November 30, 2013

It is an honor for me to represent USAID/Vietnam to be here today at the Ceremony of International Day of Persons with Disabilities with the theme of: “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”.

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.

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