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Last updated: December 02, 2022

December 2, 2022

USAID’s Improving Access, Curriculum and Teaching in Medical Education and Emerging Diseases (IMPACT MED) Alliance project is supporting ten medical universities in Vietnam to revamp their medical education from theory to competency-based to ensure that Vietnam produces highly-skilled doctors who can meet the health care needs of Vietnam and the region. On November 20, Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy organized a graduation ceremony for the first graduating class of 400 doctors from the reformed program which was developed with support from USAID. USAID Assistant Administrator for the Asia Bureau, Michael Schiffer attended the event and delivered remarks along with Vietnam’s Minister of Health and Vice Minister of Education & Training.

December 2, 2022

Young people in Vietnam are at increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, and often lack access to accurate health information and youth-friendly services. USAID’s Support for Technical Excellence and Private Sector Sustainability in Vietnam (STEPS) project is partnering with Durex, the Vietnam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control, and Glink, a community-based private clinic, on a campaign normalizing STI check-ups and sexual health services. The campaign, co-financed by Durex and USAID, encourages young people to access sexual health screening and other relevant health services, including HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.

December 2, 2022

Women's representation in the overall workforce in Vietnam is strong and growing, with the number of women-owned and women-run businesses increasing from 4% to 25% between 2009 and 2021. Yet, the percentage of female participation and female leadership positions in Vietnam's energy sector is limited. To close the gender gap and create equal opportunities for men and women in the energy sector, the country's largest power company, Electricity Vietnam (EVN), has developed its own gender equity plan. USAID, through its Vietnam Low Emission Energy Program II (V-LEEP II) and Engendering Industries program, is improving EVN’s capacity to implement this plan. With USAID support, in September 2022, over 325 EVN leaders across the country received training on gender equality and learned international best practices, strengthening their commitment and motivation to pursue and implement more gender equitable policies and practices.

November 18, 2022

On July 26, 2022, the Government of Vietnam approved a National Climate Change Strategy to meet its pledge to become a net-zero carbon emissions country by 2050. The strategy commits Vietnam to cut total emissions from forestry and land use by 70 percent, and to increase carbon sequestration from forest and land use by 20 percent by 2023. The USAID Sustainable Forest Management project is helping the Government of Vietnam to reach this forestry and land use target, with a focus on improving and effectively managing more than 260,000 hectares of forest in seven provinces of Vietnam. During fiscal year 2022, the project helped create jobs in non-production forest areas (e.g. parks, conservation zones, watershed protection areas) and in ecotourism after project support to community forest management interventions improved communities’ ability to protect, restore, enrich, and monitor community forests.

November 18, 2022

Pediatric tuberculosis (TB) accounts for around 11% of all TB cases globally. However, TB is harder to diagnose in children and is not given sufficient attention in most national health programs, including Vietnam’s. Most provincial pediatric and lung hospitals don’t have enough capacity to screen and detect pediatric TB. As a result, children have had to travel to national pediatric hospitals in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City for diagnosis. The USAID Support to End TB project has assisted provincial pediatric hospitals in seven priority provinces by starting routine TB screening for children. This has resulted in the identification of 10 pediatric TB cases between January and September of this year, whereas before they would have detected none.

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