In the past forty years, generations of Vietnamese have suffered from disproportionately high rates of both physical and mental disabilities which have resulted in profound human and economic costs. Many Vietnamese officials and citizens attribute high concentrations of certain disabilities with exposure to Agent Orange and other wartime defoliants used by the US military.
The Aspen Institute is leading an effort to raise awareness within the international community about Vietnam's disabled population and the positive steps that have been taken and must continue to be taken to address the humanitarian challenges faced today by thousands of Vietnamese families. The institute established the Agent Orange in Vietnam Fund dedicated to funding non-governmental organizations and health care providers to expand the treatment, training and education services needed to address the challenges of the disabled in Vietnam, regardless of cause, but with particular attention to locations like Da Nang where major dioxin "hotspots" are associated with clusters of particular disabilities. The Da Nang Public-Private Partnership for Children will scale-up a pilot project already on the ground using the Hope System to provide services to children in the Cam Le district of Da Nang, which is directly adjacent to the airport and its dioxin hot spot.
The Hope System of Care (HSC) weaves medical, housing, educational, vocational, social integration and other supports into a coordinated and personalized care regimen. It features a case manager who works with trained paraprofessionals to evaluate each disabled child's particular needs and family situation to recommend a comprehensive care plan. Then a team of specialists from government agencies, educational institutions and medical facilities across the relevant disciplines evaluates the child's plan and monitors progress, while the Case Manager and paraprofessionals work with the family to carry out the plan.
|Location||Viet Nam, East Asia and Pacific|
|Value||USD 628 Thousand|