Vietnam Program Updates

For USAID/Vietnam program updates issued before January 2017, please visit the 2012-2017 Archive Site.

Last updated: January 17, 2020

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 3, 2020

Specialized inspection is a customs clearance procedure in Vietnam implemented by line ministries on import and export of goods. Currently, overlapping specialized inspections by different ministries consume 70% of clearance time, causing unnecessary delay in customs clearance. On December 25-27, the USAID Trade Facilitation Program supported the General Department of Vietnam Customs (GDVC) to organize a workshop for a focus working group in charge of a draft scheme to reform specialized inspections.

January 3, 2020

The Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)-listed species are particularly vulnerable to illegal trade. Vietnam’s CITES permitting system for compliant trade in wildlife is still manual and paper-based, which complicates Vietnam Customs’ ability to control imports, exports, and customs clearance and ultimately slows permit verification, facilitating commercial misconduct in wild fauna and flora imports and exports. To help Vietnam tackle this challenge, the USAID Saving Species project is supporting the Vietnam CITES Management Authority (CITES Vietnam) to develop E-CITES, an online tool for issuing electronic CITES permits and managing the CITES implementation database which is interconnected with other systems, including those of Vietnam Customs.

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