Vietnam Program Updates

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For USAID/Vietnam program updates issued before January 2017, please visit the 2012-2017 Archive Site.

December 31, 2020

Through the USAID Trade Facilitation Program, USAID is helping Vietnam Customs develop their e-learning capabilities with a goal of shifting training for their officials and the private sector to online and blended methods. In the long-term, Vietnam Customs aims for VCS to be a premier Customs training center in the Indo-Pacific. From December 14-18, the USAID Trade Facilitation Program and VCS held two Training-of-Trainers workshops in Danang for VCS instructors on e-learning course development, including practice using their e-Learning Management System.

December 31, 2020

The USAID Strengthening Provincial Capacity project works with three existing Vietnamese institutions that provide leadership and capacity building training to provincial-level leaders, including the School of Government at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (SOG/UEH). USAID has collaborated with Portland State University to train SOG/EUH lecturers. The first Trainer Certificate Program session was conducted in Vung Tau on December 16-17, where SOG/UEH lecturers learned key principles of adult learning, how to design a training course for adults, methods for evaluating learning outcomes, and applying adult learning methods to a real SOG/UEH case. The training also exposed lecturers to online lecturing and course development skills. The second session will be held at the SOG/UEH campus in Ho Chi Minh City on January 5 and 7. At the end of the course, SOG/UEH faculty/instructors will be certified in adult learning methodologies by Portland State University and USAID.

December 22, 2020

While foreign direct investment in Vietnam has reached historic levels, the spillover benefits to Vietnam’s domestic economy have been dampened by the limited supply chain linkages of Vietnamese small and medium enterprises (SMEs). USAID Linkages for Small and Medium Enterprises (LinkSME) aims to address this gap by strengthening the capabilities of the intermediary organizations in Vietnam, such as business associations, export development centers, and SME promotion agencies, in order to facilitate the supplier-buyer relationships between Vietnamese SMEs and lead firms located in Vietnam and expand Vietnamese SMEs’ capacity to participate in manufacturing supply chains.

December 18, 2020

USAID’s Improving Access, Curriculum, and Teaching in Medical Education and Emerging Diseases (IMPACT-MED) Alliance brings together a diverse group of university, public sector, and private sector partners to build a strong and effective health workforce in Vietnam able to respond to 21st century priorities and contribute to the health resilience and health security of the country. From March to December 2020, the IMPACT-MED Alliance supported the Vietnam Ministry of Health’s efforts in the prevention and management of COVID-19. The project trained 963 healthcare workers from 194 healthcare facilities, improved epidemic control performance of 30 hospitals across the country, and facilitated 12 online training sessions for 3400 health professional participants on COVID care and treatment. In addition, the IMPACT-MED Alliance partnered with global healthcare company Novartis to train over 5,000 senior medical students from 10 universities on COVID-19 testing procedures, care and treatment, and 520 of them were deployed to aid in COVID-19 response efforts.

December 18, 2020

On December 15, USAID and the Vietnam National TB Program (NTP) launched the nationwide expansion of the Ministry of Health/NTP’s “Double-X” Strategy for TB case identification.  Double-X uses chest X-Ray and GeneXpert rapid TB screening and drug resistance testing to improve early TB detection. U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Vietnam Christopher Klein, Vice Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen, USAID/Vietnam Mission Director Ann Marie Yastishock, and representatives from the NTP, the National Lung Hospital, provincial TB programs and international organizations attended the event.