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Poverty has fallen from about 44 percent in 1990 to less than 20 percent in 2012 according to the World Bank data. Concentrated areas of poverty still exist throughout the country in communities that are vulnerable or marginalized, including rural communities in the Central and Northern Highlands and Mekong Delta and urban poor. Our programs also assist underrepresented populations such as, ethnic minority groups, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, and people affected by natural disasters.
ASSISTANCE TO DISASTER VICTIMS
We assist families affected by natural disasters such as floods and typhoons, reduce vulnerability of urban communities through better disaster preparedness and mitigation, and improve the capacity of first responders and health care facilities to better manage emergencies and mass casualty events, with the aim of reducing mortality and increasing the survival rate of disaster victims.
Since 2000, USAID, through the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, has provided approximately $12 million in disaster response, preparedness and risk reduction assistance in Vietnam. USAID has also responded to annual disasters in Vietnam. USAID-supported disaster relief efforts are closely coordinated with and directly support the Government of Vietnam’s relief efforts.
Although Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals are not criminalized in Vietnam, they face severe stigma and discrimination at individual, family and community levels, which impedes their access to health and social services and at times negatively impacts their education and employment opportunities.
Since October 2013, USAID has partnered with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to implement the Support to Strengthen LGBT Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Vietnam project by engaging CSOs working on LGBT issues, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA). The project aims to enhance the capacity of CSOs throughout the country, while at the same time reducing stigma and discrimination against LGBT people through awareness raising, psychosocial and legal support and improving the legal environment for them in Vietnam.
- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's Press Statement commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) 2014
- USAID Vision for Action: Promoting and Supporting the Inclusion of LGBT Individuals
KEY GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM PARTNERS
- Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs
- Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
- Ministry of Justice
Last updated: May 10, 2016