Vietnam Program Updates

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

Last updated: April 03, 2020

April 3, 2020

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide, most of USAID’s disability activities are experiencing delays and restrictions. Hence, USAID’s Hold My Hand project has adapted to alternative ways to carry out its work. Hold My Hand has moved its training on the Disability Information System, a database that contains demographic information of approximately 500,000 individuals with disabilities in Vietnam and their current needs for health and social services, to an online platform, attracting nearly 200 target participants.

April 3, 2020

According to a consumer survey conducted by USAID in 2018, around half of rhino, elephant, and pangolin buyers are unfamiliar with wildlife crime punishments under the revised Penal Code and engagement of tourism and e-commerce sectors in wildlife protection is limited. To address this, the USAID Saving Species project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, has launched a mass communication campaign aimed at raising public awareness on wildlife protection to prevent wildlife crimes.

March 20, 2020

USAID’s Access for All project supports persons with disabilities organizations’ advocacy efforts to improve accessibility needs; raises awareness for physical accessibility in provinces; and promotes understanding of disability rights for local governments and among persons with disabilities. On March 17-18, the project organized a training for 40 health and social workers (12 male, 28 female) at Ben Tre Hospital in southern Vietnam, that serves a population of nearly 1.3 million people, including over 26,000 persons with disabilities.

March 20, 2020

USAID’s Hold My Hand project aims to develop a sustainable and expandable model to improve rehabilitation services and home-based care for persons with severe disabilities in Binh Dinh and Quang Nam provinces. From December 2019 to March 2020, the project has supported training on the use of the Disability Information System (DIS) for 170 local health workers (71 male, 99 female) in Binh Dinh province, of which 159 persons work at the commune level and 11 persons work at the district level.

March 6, 2020

On February 26-28, the USAID Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises (USAID LinkSME) project collaborated with the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Agency for Enterprise Development (AED) to conduct on-site capabilities assessments for five business support organizations (BSOs) in Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, and Quang Nam Province. The BSOs, from both the public and private sectors, included the Center of Supporting Industries Development; the Association of High-Quality Vietnamese Products; the Investment Promotion and Enterprise Support Center of Quang Nam Province; the Danang Industry and Trade Promotion Center; and the Assistance Center for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Central Vietnam.