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Last updated: November 27, 2020

November 27, 2020

On November 25, USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Ann Marie Yastishock, leaders from Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue Provincial People’s Committees, Ministry representatives, provincial leaders, District Peoples’ Committees, private sector partners, local organizations, and community members attended the closing event for the USAID Green Annamites project in Danang city. Over the past four years, the USAID Green Annamites invested $23.9 million to enhance natural resource management of 512,000 hectares of biological significant land; improve the incomes of 28,700 local and ethnic minority community members; and mobilize $59.4 million in external investment for value chain development, women’s economic empowerment, medicinal plants and handicrafts production, and forest restoration activities.

November 27, 2020

To date, USAID has committed more than $2.3 million in disaster relief funds to address the immediate humanitarian needs of vulnerable communities, including persons with disabilities, affected by the flooding in the central region of Vietnam. This includes directing $234,000 of development funding from USAID’s Raising Voices Creating Opportunities project to assist 2,000 persons with disabilities in the affected areas by providing them with food, kitchen, sanitary items, and over 400 water filtration systems. In addition, vulnerable students, including children with disabilities at six schools will receive replacement seating and school materials. On November 25, USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Ann Marie Yastishock attended a ceremony to present emergency kits to persons with disabilities and their families in Thua Thien-Hue province.  These emergency relief operations were launched in Quang Tri province one week earlier and will be continued in Quang Nam province in the following days.

November 27, 2020

On November 16, USAID supported the National Council for Disabilities (NCD) and the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) to review the 2012-2020 national action plan on disability support and launch the new 10-year disability action plan. The event took place in Dong Nai, one of the USAID priority provinces for disability support, and was attended by MOLISA Vice Minister and the Vice Chairman of Dong Nai Provincial People’s Committee, policy makers, disability service administrators, persons with disabilities, and supporters. USAID supported development of the previous national disability action plan (2012-2020) which has benefited millions of people with disabilities; mobilized around $14 million in Vietnamese Government funds (mostly for monthly cash allowances); and contributed $21 million and mobilized $5 million from international donors to develop Vietnam’s disability service system.

November 20, 2020

On October 28-29, the USAID Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises (USAID LinkSME) project and the Vietnam Association for Supporting Industries (VASI), a leading business support organization in Vietnam, supported VASI's SMEs to participate in the Factory Network Business Expo 2020. The event served as a platform to strengthen business linkages between SMEs and lead firms. Nearly 200 Vietnamese manufacturers and international buyers, including Japanese, Korean, and Thai companies, seeking to purchase from local Vietnamese SME manufacturers participated in the event in-person and remotely via online platforms. USAID LinkSME and VASI supported 20 SMEs to display their products at the pavilion for Vietnamese Enterprises in Supporting Industries.

November 20, 2020

On November 14-15, USAID’s Improving Access, Curriculum and Teaching in Medical Education and Emerging Diseases (IMPACT-MED) Alliance, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, and the Thai Nguyen University of Medicine and Pharmacy organized an annual Medical Education Conference in Thai Nguyen City. This conference provides an annual forum for sharing innovations and advances in medical education in Vietnam and the Southeast Asian Region. The two-day event attracted more than 700 professionals, in-person and virtually, including leaders in medical education, students, and faculty in Vietnam and around the world.

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