Announcement of USAID-funded disability support projects

On December 22nd, the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Center for Initiatives in Health and Population (C.CIHP) and the Institute for Community Development Research organized an online meeting to announce and launch 2 projects to support people with disabilities in Quang Nam province, called Integration Project I and RVCO-II funded by USAID.

At the meeting, the Department of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs introduces the content of the Integration project; the contents of the RVCO-II project as well as the planning and partners.

As reported from the Disability Information System (DIS) of the Ministry of Health, as of September 2019, the total number of people with disabilities in Quang Nam 34,340 people, of which about 93% are people with serious disabilities and 2.9% (1,003 people) were victims of Agent Orange.

In recent years, although there have been many efforts from the Government of Vietnam, domestic and international donors as well as the local government in supporting and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. However, they still faced many difficulties in accessing health care services, education and participating in social activities.

Specifically, data from the DIS system shows that in Quang Nam, there are about 5,200 people with disabilities who need rehabilitation examination, and 5,900 people with disabilities who need orthopedic services and prosthetics installation.

Accordingly, the goal of the project is to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in the province heavily sprayed with Agent Orange: expand medical, social and rehabilitation support services, strengthen social integration support; Improve policies, public attitudes, and reduce barriers to social inclusion of people with disabilities; strengthen management, implementation and support activities for people with disabilities at all levels.
 

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