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July 2, 2020

USAID is providing $9.5 million to its implementing partners in Vietnam to respond to COVID-19, including $5 million in economic support funds and $4.5 million in health assistance.  From June 15-21, with USAID support through its Improving Access, Curriculum and Teaching in Medical Education and Emerging Diseases (IMPACT-MED) Alliance, three IPC onsite trainings and technical assistance visits were conducted in Dak Nong, Quang Binh, and Binh Dinh provinces. Nearly 150 doctors, nurses, and laboratory technicians from 20 provincial and district level healthcare facilities participated in these trainings, and three hospitals received technical assistance on IPC and pandemic preparedness.

July 2, 2020

Public perception in Vietnam is that persons with disabilities (PWDs) should be taken care of by their families, social organizations, and the government. As a result, physical and social environments do not cater to PWD accessibility, which results in a majority of PWDs, especially those with severe and extremely severe disabilities, unable to live independently. To address this, from June 19-21, USAID’s Raising Voices, Creating Opportunities project, implemented by the Action to the Community Development Center (ACDC), carried out home-based training on independent living skills in Quang Nam province. Fifty persons with severe and extremely severe disabilities in Duy Xuyen, Dai Loc, and Dien Ban districts were evaluated on their basic daily living activities, housing, attitudes and knowledge of independent living, and their needs. PWDs and their family members or caregivers were advised on basic rehabilitation activities, skills to carry out daily activities, and the addition of low-cost or home-made assistive devices.

July 2, 2020

The USAID Sustainable HIV and Tuberculosis Response from Technical Assistance (SHIFT) project strengthens and delivers innovative enhancements in HIV and Tuberculosis services. USAID SHIFT’s primary aim with regards to TB is to help Vietnam increase diagnosis of TB  to achieve its target of ending TB by 2030. Last month, USAID SHIFT supported the NTP to develop a National TB Strategic Plan, which lays out the vision and strategic priorities of the NTP from 2021-2025 to find and treat all TB cases to decrease transmission; and find and treat those who are infected with TB to prevent progression to active disease.

July 2, 2020

Fostering better integration of Vietnamese Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with commercial market systems requires a vibrant network of capable BSOs. In order to improve the competencies and skills of BSOs in Vietnam, on June 15 and 24-25, USAID Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI)’s Agency for Enterprise Development (AED), held foundation-level training sessions for BSOs in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City respectively. During these capacity building sessions, 52 participants from 35 BSOs around the country were introduced to a range of foundation topics and an intensive introduction to business linkages. Modules included leadership, change management, marketing, branding, relationship building, the four-step linkages process, supply chain fundamentals, and procurement in global value chains.

July 2, 2020

USAID’s Disabilities Integration of Services and Therapies Network for Capacity and Treatment (DISTINCT) project aims to  improve the quality of life of children with disabilities under six years old and their families by implementing a comprehensive model of early childhood disability detection and intervention with services, development and education, and integration into society. On June 17, USAID DISTINCT and Song Pho Psychology Application Center (a private center specializing in interventions for children with severe disabilities in Bien Hoa, Dong Nai province) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to provide special education interventions for children with developmental disabilities. This document demonstrates the three parties’ commitment to a public-private partnership to support project and financial sustainability through a novel co-contribution mechanism.

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Last updated: July 02, 2020

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