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January 16, 2020

For decades, Vietnam’s rehabilitation education and practice focused on physical therapy, creating a gap in speech and language support. Since 2017, USAID has worked with VietHealth, a local NGO, to develop education curriculum on SALT; and in June 2019, the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training officially approved a Master’s degree in rehabilitation with a specialization in SALT; the first of its kind in Vietnam. On January 8, the Ho Chi Minh University of Medicine and Pharmacy had an opening ceremony to inaugurate  the first year of the new SALT Master’s program.

January 16, 2020

Vietnam’s policy on handling confiscated wildlife products, originally issued in 2008, had many shortcomings which caused difficulties for law enforcement and animal rescue centers as they worked to support trafficked animals. To address this, USAID Saving Species supported Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to develop a new, comprehensive policy on the management of wildlife products and protection of forest animals. These new procedures enhance the process for collecting administrative and criminal evidence from the time of confiscation until criminal proceedings have been completed. In addition, this new policy, issued by MARD on December 31, also provides a unique element that allows for individuals/organizations to willingly hand over illegally trafficked wildlife.

January 16, 2020

The USAID Sustainable HIV and Tuberculosis Response from Technical Assistance (SHIFT) project strengthens and delivers innovative enhancements in HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) services. USAID SHIFT’s primary aim with regards to TB is to increase diagnosis of active TB and latent TB infection to end the disease in Vietnam. USAID will be the first to pilot the “Double X” strategy in both health facilities and communities, using chest X-ray and GeneXpert (a fast and highly accurate test for TB and drug resistant TB) earlier in the diagnostic process to increase detection.

January 15, 2020

Vietnam’s HIV epidemic affects different populations in different parts of the country. However, it remains concentrated among four high risk populations: men who have sex with men (MSM); transgender women (TGW), persons who inject drugs; and female sex workers. MSM and TGW can often be hard to reach due to the stigma surrounding HIV and their reluctance to visit public clinics. The project thus identifies high risk, hard-to-reach MSM, TGW and people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Dong Nai province and connects them to testing and treatment services.

January 15, 2020

Building on the success of the USAID Community HIV Link-Northern Coastal and Northern Mountains projects implemented from 2014 to 2017, the five-year USAID Enhanced Community HIV Link – Northern project expands community-based HIV services provided by civil society organizations and community-based organizations (CSOs and CBOs).

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Last updated: January 17, 2020

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