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Since 1986, the percentage of people living in poverty in Vietnam has dropped from 78 percent to about 14 percent—the most rapid sustained decline in poverty of any country on record. Nevertheless, persistent pockets of poverty still exist throughout the country in communities that are vulnerable or marginalized, including rural communities in the Central Highlands and Mekong Delta, urban poor, people with disabilities, people who have been affected by natural disasters, and victims of human trafficking.
For people with disabilities, our activities range from national policy and legislation development to direct services to Vietnamese with disabilities. USAID helps disabled people fully integrate into society by improving access to health, education and employment services. We support local governments in ensuring equal opportunities for persons with disabilities and influence public policies that affect their lives. Through the Patrick Leahy War Victims Fund and other programs, we have provided rehabilitation services for tens of thousands of people with disabilities, education and vocational training including in information technology, job placement, support to parent associations to expand their advocacy for disability issues, and legal codes allowing for better building access for people with disabilities.
Our programs also work to assist Vietnamese affected by disaster and victims of human trafficking. We assist families affected by natural disasters such as floods and typhoons, reduce vulnerability of urban communities through better disaster preparedness and mitigation, and improve the capacity of first responders and health care facilities to better manage emergencies and mass casualty events, with the aim of reducing mortality and increasing the survival rate of disaster victims.
Since 2000, USAID, through the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, has provided approximately $12 million in disaster response, preparedness and risk reduction assistance in Vietnam. USAID has also responded to annual disasters in Vietnam. USAID-supported disaster relief efforts are closely coordinated with and directly support the Government of Vietnam’s relief efforts. USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia has also supported awareness of human trafficking and exploitation through the MTV EXIT campaign since 2007.
Last updated: December 06, 2013