On 25&26 May 2023, the Technical Advisory Board of the pilot model of Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation (Rehab) made a field visit to 3 out of 9 hospitals supported by Inclusion 1 project in 03 provinces of Quang Tri, Thua Thien – Hue and Quang Nam.

The three hospitals visited by the Technical Advisory Board were Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital, Quang Tri Traditional Medicine and Rehab Hospital and Quang Tri General Hospital.

The Multidisciplinary team (MDT) in rehab is a team of professionals that includes representatives of different disciplines (e.g; physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, nursing, etc). All team members coordinate to work toward a common goal of providing holistic care for patients/clients.

In Vietnam, MDT remains a new rehab approach, which is mostly available in central-level hospitals in big cities.

As an implementing partner of the Inclusion 1 Project, MCNV has established a Technical Advisory Board (TAB) to support 09 participating health facilities in three provinces of Quang Tri, Thua Thien – Hue and Quang Nam to improve capacity in providing MDT rehab services. The TAB comprises of experts from the country’s leading hospitals and medical universities with specialization in rehabilitation.

The supports have been provided in the format of case discussion via Telehealth platform and field visit.

During the visit, the TAB performed several tasks include: conducting examination on complicated cases; discussing on the next step of intervention for these cases by each disciplinary, the coordination of MDT in implementing intervention, review MDT services record.

Assoc.Prof.Dr.Luong Tuan Khanh (central), Director of the Rehabilitation Center, Bach Mai Hospital gives guidance to a rehab doctor of Quang Tri Traditional Medicine and Rehab Hospital.

Instructing on Occupational Therapy intervention in Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital.

Member of the Technical Advisory Board, Dr.Le Khanh Dien, Vice President of the Asia Pacific Society of Speech, Language and Hearing, conducts assessment on a stroke patient in Quang Tri Traditional Medicine and Rehab Hospital.

Meeting between Technical Advisory Board and MDT members of Quang Tri Traditional Medicine and Rehab Hospital.

Meeting between Technical Advisory Board and MDT members of Quang Tri General Hospital.

Meeting between Technical Advisory Board and MDT members of Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital.

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Improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in provinces sprayed with Agent Orange (Inclusion Project)


INCLUSION aims to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities, regardless of cause, in provinces heavily sprayed with Agent Orange (Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Binh Dinh, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, and Kon Tum), by expanding and improving rehabilitation and social services, enhancing policy implementation, and building service provider capacity of national and local government disabilities agencies as well as community disabilities organizations.

What are we doing?

Based on our competency and experience, MCNV mostly contributes to Inclusion in the area of capacity building for rehabilitation staff working in these aforementioned province’s hospitals and health centers. 

The capacity building is provided in the format of short term and medium-term training (6 – 9 months), continuing medical education course and virtual coaching in PT, OT, ST and basic rehab techniques.
The courses are conducted in coordination with several medical universities in Vietnam and also overseas (Australia, India etc).

MCNV has been playing a significant role in filling the gap of manpowers in new rehab specialization in Vietnam like OT and ST via supporting the establishment of OT and ST Bachelor & Master curriculum.
However, the Bachelor and Master level requires several years to complete, meanwhile there is a serious shortage of rehab staff in the aforementioned provinces. Therefore short-term and medium-term training, continuing medical education and virtual coaching are what MCNV focuses on, to address the scarcity as soon as possible.

In addition to capacity building – which are being implemented in all the three Inclusion projects, MCNV also contributes to the Inclusion 1 (in Quang Tri, Hue, Quang Nam) via developing rehab services for PwDs via providing home-based care, designing rehab packages and orthopedic instruments.
What we have achieved so far?

  • 17 physicians completed 6-month course in Basic rehabilitation
  • 89 health providers completed three 9-month courses in OT, PT, ST
  • 202 PwDs receive rehabilitation services, benefiting 79% of which in terms of function improvement
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During the last 20 years, support for people with disabilities (PWD) has become a main program with high priority of MCNV in Vietnam. MCNV is going to implement for the USAID-funded Inclusion 1 Project, which focuses on rehabilitation services and medical care for PWD in Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, and Quang Nam provinces. MCNV is now seeking a Project Officer for this project.

This position is responsible for the implementation of the Health and Social component within the Disability Program of the Representative Office MCNV in Hanoi.  This Program Officer will work in the field of supporting People with Disabilities access to medical rehabilitation services and building capacity of service providers to contribute effectively to better inclusion and improve the quality of life of PWD in Vietnam. The Program Officer will be requested to report directly to the Deputy Program Manager and finally to the Country Director of MCNV in Vietnam.

Location: Ha Noi City. Domestic travel is requested (about 50% of working time) to the provinces in the Central areas of Vietnam.

Duration: 15 months, renewal possible.

Application deadline: 17:00, May 29th, 2023.

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Study tour with WWF Vietnam


From 13-17 March 2023, WWF- Vietnam collaborated with MCNV in organizing a study tour in Quang Tri province, aiming to explore the potentials of developing small and micro businesses that support nature conservation and improve local livelihoods.

The study tour brought together 75 Vietnamese and international participants, who visited a number of project sites of the PROSPER. More details of the study tour are available in the photobook titled “Growing value in Vietnam’s Forests”, published by the New Generation Plantation (NGP).

About NGP: NGP was created in 2007 by WWF, with the participation of a number of government forest departments and private companies that manage forest plantations. Over the years, it has evolved into a leading platform for sharing knowledge, best practices and collaborative learning about landscape restoration and forest plantations.

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VFBC visits MCNV’s project model in Huong Hoa

Chief of MCNV Office in Quang Tri, Mr.Nguyen Dinh Dai, shares with the delegates on the pilot model of biochar production using FSC bamboo material

On March 31st 2023, the Management Board of the Project on Sustainable Forest Management and Biodiversity Conservation in Vietnam (VFBC) coordinated with MCNV to organize an exposure visit on the project model implemented by MCNV in Chenh Venh village, Huong Phung commune, Huong Hoa district.

This visit was an integrated activity of the 3rd regular meeting of the Community Forest Management Network and the Forest Policy Support Group of the Sustainable Forest Management Component – VFBC project funded by USAID.

Participating in the exposure visit were representatives of Legal Department – Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, General Department of Forestry, Management Board of Forestry projects, representatives of Central VFBC Project Management Board and VFBC project management boards of seven provinces of Hoa Binh, Lao Cai, Nghe An, Quang Nam, Quang Tri, Son La and Thanh Hoa, and representatives of DAI and RECOFTC.

Visit a tungs tree and indigenous trees plantation

In Chenh Venh village, MCNV shared experiences with the delegates about good models and practices on enhancing sustainable forest management in association with livelihood development in mountainous communities that MCNV and its project partner, the Association of Smallholder Forest Certification Groups of Quang Tri, have implemented under the project “Promoting sustainable partnerships between CSOs and enterprises in sustainable forest management in the context of climate change” (referred to as PROSPER Project) co-financed by the European Union and MCNV in the period of 2/2020 – 2/2023.

The specific activities of the exposure visit included: Learning about the model of planting tung trees and native species on forest lands allocated to households; Visiting an FSC® certified bamboo biochar production facility; Visiting a community forest route and learning about the current status of community-based ecotourism services associated with the natural forest that has been FSC-certified for ecosystem services; and Enjoying the cuisine and traditional art performances of the Bru Van Kieu people.

The PROSPER project just ended in February 2023 and left several important marks. Most significantly, the project has helped five community-managed natural forests in the North Huong Hoa area, including Chenh Venh village (Huong Phung commune), Cat and Ho villages (Huong Son commune), Trang – Ta Puong village (Huong Viet commune) and Xa Bai village (Huong Linh commune), achieve FSC certification for ecosystem services for carbon sequestration and storage and FSC certification for non-timber forest products (bamboo species). Along with that are pioneering initiatives to promote the development of the supply chains of FSC certified products such as acacia wood, tung oil, bamboo biochar, black locust shampoo, dried bamboo shoots, eco-tourism, etc. Currently, MCNV is introducing the piloted models to potential donors, organizations and other related development projects to find opportunities to replicate and upscale these models./.

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MCNV is a Dutch-based NGO, with an international network working in the fields of health development, social inclusion, livelihood development in responding to climate change, and value chain. Currently, MCNV has run 12 projects in 17 provinces of Vietnam. During the last 20 years, support for people with disabilities (PWD) has become a main program with high priority of MCNV in Vietnam. MCNV is going to implement for the USAID-funded Inclusion 1 Project, which focuses on rehabilitation services and medical care for PWD in Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, and Quang Nam provinces. We are looking for several positions for the Project as follows:

  • Monitoring and Evaluation Officer: 01.
  • Field staff: 06 (02 in Quang Tri, 02 in Thua Thien Hue and 02 in Quang Nam)

If you are interested in these job opportunities, please email your application letter and CV to and, quoting the position title in the email’s subject line.

The application deadline is 17:00, April 17, 2023.

For more details of each position’s tasks, please refer to the Job Description (JD) documents attached below:

*Monitoring and Evaluation Officer:

*Field staff:

  • Thua Thien – Hue:
  • Quang Tri:
  • Quang Nam:

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Availability of nutrition for mothers and children under 2 in Laos

A publication based on MCNV’s works in Nong District (Savannakhet, Laos) give insights on the availability of nutrition for mothers and children under the age of two.

By: Sayvisene Boulom  MSc; PhD Candidate2 ; Kokasia Nengmongvang.  MD1; and Viengnakhone Vongxay  MD; MPH; PhD Candidate1

1.Faculty of Public Health, University of Health Sciences, Lao PDR

2.Faculty of Agriculture, National University of Laos

Corresponding Author:

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Occupational Therapy 9-month course

[Inclusion Project] 9-Month Occupational Therapy Course organized by MCNV in coordination with Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy (May 2022 – Feb 2023).

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Capacity building for Dien Bien Support Center for the Development of Inclusive Education project


Located in the Southwest border of Vietnam, Dien Bien province has a population of nearly 550,000. According to a statistical research conducted in 2018, the number of children with disability in the province is over 3,000 (age 0-18), of which 643 kids have never been to school (21%), 773 have dropped out (24%). The rest of the children are going to local schools (from preschool to high school level), accounting for 55%.

What we are doing?

  • MCNV kick started supporting healthcare and rehabilitation for persons with disabilities in Dien Bien province in 2014. In 2016, MCNV and the Dien Bien provincial Department of Education and Training signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to declare the willingness to establish and mobilize funding for the construction of the Support Center.
  • The project was subsequently financially sponsored by Thien Tam Foundation (VINGROUP), pledging to provide funding for part of the infrastructure (a 2-storey buiding with 8 classrooms).
  • In October 2019, the Supporting Center was officially put into operation. With financial and technical supports by MCNV, the staff of the center have been benefited from various capacity building activities.
  • Since December 2019, the Center started to admit students with disabilities. The Center has so far providing teaching and daycare services for over 90 children with different forms of disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, speech impairment, hearing impairment, autism and DOWN syndrome.

What we’ve achieved so far?

At the end of the 2021-2022 school year, 17/90 students were qualified to attend mainstream schools.

Currently, MCNV is continuing to assist the Center as well as the Dien Bien province on providing capacity-building on early detection, early intervention and early education.

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