USAID Participates in the Opening Ceremony for Vietnam’s First Master’s Program in Speech and Language Therapies (SALT)

Thursday, 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. The the first 14 students (2 male and 12 female) are from four leading Vietnamese medical and pharmacy universities in Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Duong, Danang, and Hue. After graduating from this one-year Master’s degree program, they will return to their universities to teach the next generation of Vietnamese speech and language therapists.

So What? By developing Vietnamese SALT experts, USAID is helping Vietnam to build an enduring system of education and service delivery which will systematize services that will sustainably improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities. 

Last updated: February 21, 2020

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