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July 31, 2020

Assistive devices are extremely beneficial in supporting persons with disabilities’ independence in daily activities.  To increase the capacity of health staff who prescribe these devices, on July 24-26, USAID’s Moving Without Limits activity conducted its first training for service providers in Tam Ky city, in collaboration with the Hue Medical and Pharmacy University and Rehabilitation Center and Bach Mai Hospital. This training provided participants with basic skills to assess patients' daily-living activities and prescribe adaptive tools that support them at home or at work. This will enhance the trainees’ assessments and identification of suitable intervention approaches, which can involve a combination of strategies, including assistive devices. The training also encouraged service providers to assess physical home environments while designing accessibility solutions. Two additional courses will be conducted in August 2020 for service providers in Thua Thien Hue and Binh Dinh.

July 31, 2020

On July 21, the USAID Trade Facilitation Program and VCS signed an MOU to establish an e-Learning Management System (eLMS) aimed at building the long-term capacity of Vietnam Customs. Once established, VCS will be able to develop and offer e-learning courses to Vietnam Customs officials and private sector businesses such as brokers and freight forwarders on key customs topics such as risk management, rules of origin, integrity, among others. The MOU will enable VCS to simultaneously host more than 1,000 e-learning trainees. Further specialization and professional development of Vietnam Customs will support Customs efforts to facilitate trade and prevent issues such as illegal transshipment and origin fraud.

July 29, 2020

By March, 2020 Vietnam had confirmed its first 100 cases of a novel coronavirus outbreak. Amidst uncertainties surrounding what would become a world-shaking pandemic, the country initiated decisive lockdown and social distancing procedures for businesses and schools alike, a disorienting, confusing period during which students struggled to adapt to online-only education and societal uncertainties. Some students still sought to go beyond their online studies by launching initiatives with the potential for positive impact, such as Ms. Phan Thuc Anh.


July 24, 2020

As the novel coronavirus spread through Danang City, Mai and three of her classmates from the Danang University of Technology gathered at their university’s USAID-supported Maker Innovation Space to discuss how they could leverage their creativity, diversity, and engineering know-how to protect their community from this deadly virus.

July 24, 2020

Vietnam is now globally-recognized for its impressive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with fewer than 400 confirmed cases in six months (only 106 of which were transmitted in Vietnam) and zero deaths since the first case arrived from China on January 23. Key elements included strong and consistent national leadership; strict border controls; aggressive case-finding and isolation; determined contact-tracing and quarantine even to three degrees of separation; availability and scale-up of quality laboratory testing; and transparent and frequent public communication. Such strong rapid response was possible only because the country systems and public health and clinical workers were well-prepared.


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Last updated: July 31, 2020

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