Vietnam Program Updates

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Last updated: September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021

Transitioning to digital platforms is increasingly necessary for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to gain access to international markets and maintain competitiveness through the COVID-19 pandemic. On September 9, the USAID Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises project (USAID LinkSME), the Agency for Enterprise Development of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (AED/MPI), and Amazon Global Selling Vietnam launched the "Go Digital, Go Global” e-commerce initiative to support the digital transformation of enterprises through 2025.

September 17, 2021

With more than 5,000 COVID-19 diagnoses daily, the health system in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has struggled to treat all COVID-19 patients in formal health facilities. As a result, many patients, including those living with HIV or on HIV pre-exposure medication (PrEP), must self-isolate at home until they can access a hospital, or recover. USAID’s HIV projects, including the USAID-supported Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) and USAID/PATH Healthy Markets, have stepped up to provide emergency support. The EpiC activity purchased thirty oxygen concentrators, 200 oxygen saturation pulse oximeters, and thousands of nasal cannula sets to provide emergency oxygen to clients.

September 10, 2021

The Government of Vietnam is prioritizing an initiative to improve the business environment and national competitiveness. Widely known as Resolution 02, it focuses on trade, investment, and economic growth, along with accelerating economic integration with the global market. To further this effort, on August 19 the Central Institute for Economic Management, with support from the USAID Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises (LinkSME) project, conducted a workshop on “Business Environment Reform from 2014 to 2020: Results, Lessons Learned, and Recommendations.”

September 10, 2021

COVID-19 has accelerated the digital economy in Vietnam and exacerbated the shortage of digital skills of the workforce of Vietnam. USAID’s Vietnam Workforce for Innovation and Startup Ecosystem (WISE) project is supporting Vietnam to upskill its workforce to meet the rapidly increasing demands of digital skills and power the economy.

September 10, 2021

The USAID IMPACT-MED project is strengthening Vietnam’s healthcare by helping five leading Vietnamese Universities of Medicine and Pharmacy to comprehensively reform the six-year training program for general medical doctors. In addition to introducing innovations in teaching and learning, IMPACT-MED has improved institutional governance practices and systems for continuous quality improvement of the medical programs at these partner universities.

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