MCNV and Quang Tri: 50 years of companionship and development

The People’s Committee of Quang Tri Province in cooperation with MCNV held a meeting to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between the Netherlands and Vietnam (1973-2018) and 50th anniversary of MCNV (1968-2018). The meeting took place on April 12th 2018 at Saigon – Dong Ha Hotel, Dong Ha City, Quang Tri province with the participation of leaders of Quang Tri province, representatives of departments, agencies, MCNV partner organizations and the presses. The meeting was also attended by Madam Nienke Trooster, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Vietnam, staff of MCNV Office in Central Vietnam and a group of special  guest including Dutch individual donors and former MCNV leader and staffs from The Netherlands. In the cozy, friendly and cheerful atmosphere of the event, the participants looked back memorable landmarks in the history of diplomatic relationship of the two countries, as well as the cooperation and development between MCNV and Quang Tri province.

MCNV was officially founded on November 18 1968 in the movement of protesting against the Vietnam War around the world. In the first few years of existence, MCNV was joined by more than 600 doctors, pharmacists, college professors and nurses in the Netherlands. And the number of MCNV’s individual donors reached more than 65,000 people. The first activities of MCNV mainly focused on the supplies of medicines and medical equipment to Vietnam. In addition, many facilities for people’s daily life and for the struggle against the U.S.A. such as bicycles and sewing machines were also donated by the Dutch people through MCNV.

In 1973, MCNV launched a nationwide campaign in the Netherlands to raise funds to build a hospital in Quang Tri province where was seriously devastated by the war. This was a prefabricated hospital, mainly structured with aluminum and manufactured in the Netherlands. The installation of the hospital began in 1975, and was completed and officially came into operation in 1977. The original name of the hospital was Dong Ha Hospital, but later on the local government and people called it Ha Lan Hospital. The former Ha Lan Hospital contributed to the health care work for local people for 20 years until the province built a new hospital in 1997. The former Ha Lan Hospital was transferred to the provincial health staff training centre, and then to Quang Tri Secondary Medical School, which has become Quang Tri Medical College today. Also on the ground of the former Ha Lan Hospital, the MCNV Office in Central Vietnam was established in 1999 and has been implementing different programmes and projects until today. Also at this location, in 2006, MCNV established a museum to show pictures, posters and other stuffs related to remarkable events and activities of the organization, as well as the solidarity and enthusiastic support of the Dutch people toward the Vietnamese people during the war and in the years of reconstructing the country.

Over 50 years of development, MCNV has been constantly changing to respond to the development in Vietnam. From the initial support of medicines and medical devices, from the late 1980s to the early 1990s MCNV cooperated with the Government of Vietnam to implement national programs on tuberculosis control and malaria and dengue fever control. In 1993, a primary health care program was launched in Quang Tri province, laying the foundation for the Community-Managed Health Development Program. In this development process, MCNV has always paid much attention to building capacity and working closely with local authorities and partners to support the marginalized groups, including the poor, the disabled, ethnic minorities, people with mental health problems, disadvantaged women and children. MCNV’s contributions to the work of people’s health care have been highly recognized, with 3 times receiving the Order of Friendship from the President of Vietnam in 1977, 1993 and 2004.

The celebration of 45th anniversary of the Netherlands – Vietnam diplomatic relationship and the 50th anniversary of MCNV in Quang Tri reflects the profound solidarity between the governments and peoples of the two countries and is a deserved recognition of the contribution of MCNV to the development work in Quang Tri in particular and Vietnam in general. The leaders of Quang Tri Province and the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Vietnam as well as MCNV’s local partners highly appreciate the positive contributions of MCNV and expect MCNV to continue cooperating with Quang Tri in the coming years, especially in the areas of community health development, water management and sustainable agricultural livelihood development.

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Special Mission to develop the Dragon Fruit Value Chain in Vietnam

Between March 12 and 20, 2018, Mr. Guus Paardekooper, MCNV’s General Director, visited Vietnam for networking and resource-mobilization purposes regarding the dragon fruit value chain project.

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Communication on school violence prevention

On March 19 2018, MCNV cooperated with the Youth Union of the Vinh Linh High School, Quang Tri, to organize a communication session about mental health care, focusing on “Building a good friendship – Saying “no” to school violence”. This was one of the significant activities in the school year 2017 – 2018 in which MCNV, the Department of Education and Training in Quang Tri and Vinh Linh High School committed to implement to raise high school students’ awareness on mental health care in general and school violence prevention in particular.

The communication session was organized in the Monday Talk at Vinh Linh High School with the participation of more than 600 high school students from sixteen classes grades 10 and 12.

Through drama performances and interactive activities, the communication session helped students realize the causes of school violence, including behavioral and emotional disorders. The it brought out possible solutions to limit and stop school violence.

Drama performance played by students of Vinh Linh high school


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First Lao MPH Students Arrive in Hanoi

On March 5, 2018, Hanoi University of Public Health (HUPH) hosted a welcome event for 10 Master of Public Health students newly arrived from the University of Health Sciences in Laos (UHS). The group is the first batch to participate in the dual-degree, two-year MPH programme shared by the two universities, which encompasses studies in both Laos and Vietnam.

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MCNV’s first documentary on VTV4

Tireless efforts of MCNV and the Centre for Rehabilitation and Social Inclusion for Children with Disabilities in Cao Bang province was presented in the moving and heart-touching 30 minute documentary film “We can go to school”, which was broadcast at the Life Portrait Program, VTV4 Channel.

For full program, please click here.

For program trailer, please click here.

Program with English subtitle, please click here.

After being broadcast, a large number of friends and colleagues called to congratulate MCNV for this meaningful film. Efforts in a decade to support children with disabilities in Cao Bang were finally recorded and presented to the whole public. These are true honour and also responsibility of MCNV’s staff to continue striving for the community-based rehabilitation work in Vietnam.

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Old traditions derogate youths

In some rural areas of Vietnam, century old traditions determine todays’ life, hardly imaginable in our rapidly evolving times. Teenage girls get pregnant at a very young age, have to marry and have to leave school immediately. The youths would like to break free from the tradition, but how? MCNV has developed a plan to help and with your support we will succeed!

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Volunteers needed!

Seeking Volunteers in Occupational Therapy 

Location: Hai Duong city and Hochiminh city

Duration of assignment: 6-12 months (start from April, 2018)

Are you passionate about function of the patient? Bring your skills to Vietnam to support the education of occupational therapy (OT) and the patients who need occupational technique. We are currently seeking to appoint a suitable experienced Occupational Therapy Volunteers to join our OT education program in Hai Duong Medical Technical University (HMTU) and University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Hochiminh city.

The demand for Occupational Therapy in Vietnam is huge, however in Vietnam, specialized OT training is not yet available at all levels. There is currently only one module in physiotherapy training.

With grants from USAID through Handicap International (HI), the Medical Committee Netherlands- Vietnam (MCNV) has supported the 5 year-project (2015-2020) on Development of OT education at HMTU and UMP with aims to create enabling conditions to establish education of OT professionals in Vietnam, including provision of OT educators, and development of a standard competency-based curriculum that can be recognized in the region, as well as training materials and strengthened Government policy on OT.

The first ever Bachelor on Occupational Therapy programs has been starting alongside at UMP since March 2017 and at HMTU in November 2017 with technical support from Manipal University, India.

Objectives of assignment:

The OT volunteers are expected to support and provide a comprehensive clinical placement programme for OT students who are enrolling the BOT program at HMTU and mentor them on how to effectively engage with patients and families in the community. The volunteer will share her/his knowledge of OT and how it can help people, young and old, who have disabilities, injuries and disorders that affect Activity Daily Living (ADL) and movement  functions.

By the end of this assignment, the volunteer will help providing:

Objective 1: Provide guidance to students undertaking OT subjects including:

  • Provide supervision and guidance to OT students during clinical placement at the hospitals.
  • Provide support to BOT students in OT practice hours during the OT courses.
  • Participate in field visits to support and mentor OT students.
  • Share professional knowledge which appropriate for occupational students
  • Increase awareness and capacity of OT students working in team setting.

Objective 2: Increase capacity of staff in OT knowledge, proficiency and practice

  • Support faculties from Manipal University (India) to effectively delivery OT courses in UMP.
  • Provide appropriate education and advice to rehab staff incline to OT.
  • Develop and/or maintain partnerships with local, regional and international organisations, professional and peer networks.


  • Bachelor of Occupational therapy
  • Has at least 2-3 years in clinical experience
  • Have the ability to share knowledge
  • Commitment to team work, coaching, and mentoring others
  • Awareness and sensitivity of cross-cultural settings
  • Patience, tolerance and flexibility
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to develop working relationships quickly and effectively
  • Ability to cope with cultural isolation and a different standard of living
  • A preparedness to work with limited resources within a challenging environment
  • Committed to gender equality, children protection and disability inclusion

What MCNV provides:

  • Return airfare to country of assignment
  • Visa expenses
  • Living and accommodation allowance
  • In-country Orientation on arrival


Deadline: Feb 02, 2018


For more information about the assignment, please contact to Ms. Trang, Quynh Tran at

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