USAID kicks off second phase of project to assist persons with disabilities
VGP - The second phase of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s flagship disabilities project, INCLUSION, was kicked off in the central province of Binh Dinh and the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum on May 31.
This phase will run through the project's end in 2026 and provide targeted assistance to persons with severe disabilities.
First introduced in 2021, USAID's US$65 million INCLUSION project partners with the Vietnamese government, local organizations, and the private sector to strengthen the country's rehabilitation system and community support networks to ensure that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity to fully participate in society while improving their overall quality of life.
The project provides direct assistance to persons with severe disabilities, improves and expands rehabilitation and social services, and enhances policy implementation.
To sustain progress, the project also builds service provider capacity of national and local government disabilities agencies as well as community disabilities organizations.
In addition to Binh Dinh and Kon Tum, the project works in six other provinces heavily sprayed with Agent Orange during the U.S.-Viet Nam War, namely Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, and Tay Ninh.
Over its five-year run, the project is expected to support a total of 60,000 persons with disabilities with rehabilitation, care, psychological support, assistive devices, and/or livelihood assistance.
For over 30 years, the U.S. and Viet Nam have partnered to improve the lives of approximately one million persons with disabilities.
USAID has contributed more than US$140 million toward these efforts to date. Viet Nam is USAID's largest and longest running disability program in the world, dating back to the creation of the Leahy War Victims Fund in 1989.
This year, the U.S. and Viet Nam are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their Comprehensive Partnership. Addressing legacies of the war is a foundational element of the strong and growing relationship between the two countries./.