Handicap International works in partnership with the Vietnamese authorities to consolidate national methods, strategies and services in the field of health and rehabilitation, social and economic inclusion for people with disabilities, and human rights. Part of the aim in Vietnam is to ensure the sustainability of the models implemented by Handicap International to support the most vulnerable people. Handicap International employs 10 staff members in Vietnam including 2 expatriates.
Since 1989, Handicap International has acted as a technical adviser in implementing projects that focus on the prevention and rehabilitation of disabilities due to war, accidents, congenital defects, and disabling diseases. The Vietnamese population is still suffering from the after-effects of war, due to the disabilities caused by injuries and unexploded instruments of war. The organization has also recently noted victims of congenital deformities caused by dioxin and other toxic products. The country faces a series of modern challenges, including the HIV/AIDS epidemic, road accidents, and industrial accidents. An estimated 15% of the Vietnamese population lives with disability.
Advancing Medical Care and Rehabilitation Education (ADMIRE)
The Advancing Medical Care and Rehabilitation Education (ADMIRE) Project launched in 2015, thanks to generous support from USAID. The project develops standardized medical and functional rehabilitation care protocols and strengthens the capacity of reference centers within the Ministry of Health for persons with physical impairments including those due to brain lesions. ADMIRE will improve the lives of 8,000 Vietnamese adults and children with disabilities, train 480 health and rehabilitation staff, enroll more students in physical and occupational therapist diploma programs, and reinforce the country’s rehabilitation centers.
THESE PROJECTS ARE POSSIBLE THANKS TO HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL DONORS, AND THE FOLLOWING FUNDING BODIES:
HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL'S PREVIOUS WORK IN VIETNAM HAS INCLUDED:
Ban Advocates Project
Since 2007, Handicap International's Ban Advocates project brought together a group of survivors of cluster munitions. This group testified on the consequences of the use of these weapons on civilians in order to urge policymakers to prohibit indiscriminate weaponry and ensure that affected communities received appropriate care and assistance.
In 1989, the Vietnamese Ministry for Health asked Handicap International to set up the first orthopedic workshop in Hanoï. Handicap International later opened two more orthopedic fitting workshops in 1993 and 1994, one in Dalat and one in the province of Dong Ha. Over the following years, at the request of its Vietnamese partners, Handicap International provided technical advice on disability prevention and physical rehabilitation projects. The organization was therefore able to ensure the sustainability of the work carried out in the fields of health, rehabilitation, socioeconomic inclusion, and human rights. This meant consolidating methods, strategies and services offered in conjunction with the Vietnamese authorities to allow them to implement them themselves.