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USAID to support persons with disabilities in Vietnam

11:07 | 29/09/2020

Assisting persons with disabilities has long been one of the top priorities for the U.S. Government in Vietnam.

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The U.S. Government has contributed more than $125 million in assistance to persons with disabilities in Vietnam, which helped to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities, by addressing medical and social needs, improving disability policies, and reducing physical and social barriers, according to a recent report by USAID.

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Assisting persons with disabilities is one of the top priorities of USAID in Vietnam. Photo: nhandan

Over the course of 30 years, USAID assistance has benefited hundreds of thousands of persons with disabilities in Vietnam. Over 30,000 of these persons with disabilities received direct assistance, including assistive devices, rehabilitation services, education and vocational training, home improvements, independent living assistance, legal counselling, and/or job placement assistance. USAID supports local governments to implement the national disability law and the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

USAID also supports the development of legal codes to improve physical accessibility for persons with disabilities in public buildings and transportation, as well as increase access to information and technologies.

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The support from USAID has helped to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities in Vietnam. Photo: DAI

"Our work supporting persons with disabilities is viewed by many as contributing to successful U.S.-Vietnam cooperation to overcome the painful past shared by the two countries", read by the report.

USAID has commited that it will continue the support to persons with disabilities in Vietnam through 08 projects which aim to expand rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities, increase social support, improve disability policies, and reduce environmental barriers. Futhermore, this agency will also support the development of local Disabled Persons Organizations and their advocacy efforts.

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There are 6.2 million people with disabilities in Vietnam. Photo: UNICEF Viet Nam/Truong Viet Hung
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