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Sharing experience in occupational therapy training

On December 1st 2018, MCNV in collaboration with Hai Duong Medical Technical University (HMTU) organized a workshop on “Reviewing the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT) education program and job placement for BOT students”. Participating in the workshop were representatives of the Department of Rehabilitation of the MoH’s Administration of Medical Services, rehabilitation hospitals and centers from around 12 Northern provinces and cities, faculties of HMTU, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Ho Chi Minh City (UMPH) and Manipal Academic of Higher Education (MAHE), expatriate OT volunteers and HMTU’s OT students. The workshop aimed at reviewing the OT Education Program which is undertaken at HMTU and UMPH in 2017 and 2018.

The workshop has also been an opportunity for MCNV and HMTU to exchange with leaders of relevant rehabilitation centers about the coordination in job placement and creating favorable conditions for BOT students to practice OT services after completing their training.

As of November 2018, the Manipal Academic of Higher Education has for six times sent OT trainers to assist OT courses for 57 BOT students at the HMTU and UMPH. These courses have also been supported in terms of clinical supervision from expatriate volunteers from Japan, Denmark and Australia. In May 2019, as planned, the pilot BOT training program in HMTU will finish with 36 graduates, and by July 2020, 21 more BOT students of regular courses will graduate from the UMPH.

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Supporting ethnic minority adolescent girls in remote areas

Adolescent girls of ethnic minority groups Bru Van Kieu and Pa Co in remote villages of Quang Tri are facing problems of school dropout, child marriage, unwanted pregnancy at adolescence and joblessness. This real situation seriously affects the future of adolescent girls. MCNV is making efforts to help them tackle these problems. Watch this video to understand more:

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Children under 5 years old, mostly of ethnic minority groups, in remote areas of Phu Yen province, Vietnam are malnourished due to their parents’ limited knowledge in nutrition and unhealthy practices in child caring and feeding. MCNV helps to improve this situation through a Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (NSA) approach. Watch this video for more information:

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Circles of Companionship

”Circles of companionship”: a sharp video telling this history and development of MCNV. Many thanks to VTV4 and the involved organisations and individuals for helping us make this production! Founded on 18th November 1968, MCNV has been accompanying with Vietnam for the past 5 decades. In recognition of MCNV’s contributions, yesterday November 16th in Hanoi the Government of Vietnam granted the 4th Medal of Frienship to MCNV on the occasion of MCNV’s 50th anniversary. Enjoy watching the video at:

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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).

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Enhancing the Voice of Neglected Groups in Lao PDR

On March 29, 2018, the partners of the LICM project (Learning about the use of Innovative Communication Methods ) came together in Vientiane for a final review of successes and lessons learnt after a year of joint activities. Coordinated by MCNV, this collaborative effort sought to empower vulnerable youth groups in Laos, providing them with skills and means to advocate more effectively for their specific needs.  Each implementing partner represented a vulnerable youth group with a particular constituency: Proud to Be Us (representing LGBTQI) , the Lao Disabled People’s Association (disabled youth) and Vientiane Youth Centre (minority youth groups).

One of the problems highlighted by this project is that in Laos, the majority of the population (about 60%) is under 25 years old, yet young people rarely have the opportunity to contribute to decisions that are taken about their lives. Practices and policies that could be better informed from more youth participation include those related to the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people, especially young vulnerable people. To obtain more knowledge about specific SRHR issues of different groups of vulnerable youth in Laos and enable vulnerable youth to learn about and advocate for better SRHR, MCNV in partnership with three Lao organizations decided to implement LICM as an action-research project. This allowed LICM to explore the potential of diverse Innovative Communication Methods such as songs, dance, theatre and participatory video for peer-learning, behavior change and advocacy.

Training on Photo Voice carried out by LPDA staff members.

LICM has demonstrated that it is possible to enable the vulnerable youth of Lao PDR to influence SRHR practices and policies in their immediate communities and beyond. Activities focused on improving communications: advocacy workshops, learning  exchanges, photo exhibitions, training in innovative communications methods, advocacy events with peers and policy makers. One of the most creative outputs produced by the LICM project were shadow dramas, which bring to light complex problems of social interaction in an appealing format: (Forbidden Love) (Life of Kham) (Kam Phaeng Huk) (Phouthai)

This project was funded by Voice, an innovative grant facility that supports the most marginalised and discriminated people in ten low- and lower-middle income countries in Africa and Asia. Aiming to amplify and connect thus far unheard voices in efforts to leave no one behind, this initiative is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. LICM also served as co-financing for the MCNV led LEARN Programme (Lao Equity through Policy Analysis and Research Networks) a five year effort to enhance the capabilities of public health institutes in Laos, bringing together a range of partners working in education and health policy for this purpose.

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Speech and Language Therapy – a huge but unmet need

Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) is a profession recognised around the world for supporting people who have difficulties in communication and swallowing. Speech and language therapists diagnose and treat communication disorders in children and adults. Treatment includes speech, language, voice and fluency therapy and nonverbal, multi-modal communication supports (e.g. picture systems, sign languages, alternative and augmentative communication), swallowing, eating and drinking.

From November 2017 to end of January 2018, MCNV and Trinh Foundation Australia collaborated to carry out an assessment of the speech and language therapy training needs in Vietnam. The key findings from the assessment were that there was a large, documented need for speech and language therapy services for all types of communication and swallowing disorders across all age groups but the need was not met, and that demand for human resources for speech and language therapy was increasing rapidly across regions and societies.

The assessment was conducted in eight provinces, including: Hanoi, Quang Nam, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Hue, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc and Hai Duong.

On April 4 2018, MCNV and its project partners organized a workshop to share the results of the assessment.

Mr Pham Dung, MCNV’s Vietnam Country Director was signing the MOU with project partners.

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The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Vietnam honored MCNV in her speech

In the meeting to celebrate 45 years the diplomatic relation between Vietnam and the Netherlands and 5 years the establishment of the Vietnam – Netherlands on May 10 2018 at the Water Irrigation University Hanoi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mrs. Nienke Trooster had special words for MCNV and highlighted that MCNV was a Dutch NGO that have had “great efforts in supporting communities in Vietnam for the last 50 years.”

Participated in the meeting were representatives of the National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committees, Former Ambassadors of Vietnam to the Netherlands, lecturers of the Irrigation University and representatives of international development organizations. From the Embassy of the Netherlands, there were the Ambassador, the First Secretary and Counsellors.

The ambassador of the Netherlands to Vietnam, Mrs. Nienke Trooster delivered an impressive speech about the relation of the two countries. According to Mrs. Trooster, “The relation between the two country is not just a diplomatic relation but it has developed into a true friendship. The two countries have well cooperated to achieve Millennium Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.” The Ambassador affirmed both her predecessors and herself enjoyed the work in Vietnam and were proud to be part of the great journey. Looking at the relation, Mrs. Trooster was confident to say it has been improving effectively and consistently.

Especially Mrs. Trooster honored MCNV as a Dutch NGO which was dedicated absolutely to the development of Vietnam in the last 50 years. “Over the years, non-governmental of the two countries have cooperated to address social issues, including health, gender, labour rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Among all, there is a special organization – MCNV – which has worked hard and contributed to help address development issues in Vietnam. I cannot wait to see the documentary film about MCNV in their celebration of 50 years at the end of this year in Hanoi.”

These words have encouraged MCNV to continue trying and making efforts to support marginalised groups in Vietnam.

The official meeting closed by a prestigious documentary film about the relation between the two countries which was filmed by Dutch film makers in the 70s of the 20th century.

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Workshop “Community-based Rehabilitation” in Dien Bien

On May 29 2018, MCNV in collaboration with the Department of Health, Dien Bien province, organized successfully the workshop “Community-based Rehabilitation”. Participating in the workshop was 60 representatives coming from the Ministry of Health, different state agencies in Dien Bien and the Association of People with Disability at grass-roots level. In the workshop, participants discussed about community-based rehabilitation, the situation of people with disability in the province, and contributions of MCNV to community-based rehabilitation activities in Dien Bien during the last five years.

Especially with the participation and presentation of the Ministry of Health, participants in the workshop had a chance to understand better the overall picture of rehabilitation, relevant laws and policies as well as the direction to develop rehabilitation in Vietnam in the future.

Representatives of departments of health and the Dien Bien Department of Education and Training attended the workshop and shared ideas about the situation of people and children with disability in community.

The Dien Bien TV and various news and media channels in Dien Bien came and reported the event.

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