Over the next five years, USAID and Office 701 will work with the Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs; the Ministry of Health; local organizations; and the People’s Committees in these provinces to provide direct care, build the capacity of the rehabilitation sector, and develop community level social services.

Vietnamese and U.S. officials witness the signing.

U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tom Udall (D-NM), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) as well as U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink, and USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Michael Greene as well as Deputy Minister of National Defense, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh and other Vietnamese officials witnessed the signing.

“Through this new partnership with Office 701, we know that together, we will be able to reach more people in need, succeed in creating a comprehensive care model, and truly achieve our goal of increasing the quality of life of persons with disabilities here in Vietnam,” said USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Michael Greene during the launch.

Deputy Defense Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh peaks at the ceremony.

Over the course of 30 years, USAID assistance has benefited millions of persons with disabilities in Vietnam, irrespective of cause. While initial cooperation focused on direct services such as providing assistive devices like prosthetic limbs and wheelchairs, over the years the partnership has evolved into working with Vietnam to build the modern institutional and physical infrastructure needed to help persons with disabilities well into the future.

USAID is currently continuing its disabilities assistance through eight projects which expand rehabilitation and social services, and improve policies to increase the quality of life for persons with disabilities. USAID also supports the development of local Disabled Persons Organizations and their advocacy efforts.

Reported by Binh Chau