NGOs to work together in rehabilitation of disabled

Wednesday, 2020-06-03 10:20:42
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At the signing ceremony in Hanoi on June 2. (Photo: the Ministry of Health)
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NDO/VNA - The Ministry of Health’s Agency of Health Examination and Treatment (AHET) and eight domestic and foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have signed a memorandum of understanding on rehabilitation activities for the disabled.

The NGOs include Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH), Fedération Handicap International (HI), the International Centre (IC), the Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam (MCNV), the Institute of Population, Health and Development (PHAD), the Action to the Community Development Centre (ACDC), the Sustainable Health Development Centre - VietHealth, and the Centre for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP).

VNAH and AHET signed an agreement to improve the capacity of the rehabilitation sector, with a focus on a project on enforcing the rights to health check-ups and treatment and the rehabilitation of the disabled funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

HI will help refine the rehabilitation system and offer personnel training in the field while CCIHP will work with AHET to enhance medical service quality for children living with autism and improve their lives via developing early intervention models.

At a seminar held the same day, delegates offered opinions on the revised Law on Health Check-ups and Treatment, in particular Article 93.

According to the national census on the disabled announced by the General Statistics Office in January 2019, there were some 6.2 million people nationwide aged over two years old living with a disability, or 7.09 percent of the population. Some 13 percent of the population, or nearly 12 million people, are living with the handicapped.

About 2.3 percent of the disabled were given access to rehabilitation services when they were first sick or injured.