I-THRIVE supports capacity building for rehabilitation professionals in Thua Thien – Hue

A workshop themed ‘Enhancing the Capacity of Rehabilitation Professionals’ took place in Thua Thien – Hue Province on January 21st, 2021.

The workshop was held as part of the ‘Interdisciplinary rehabilitation services supporting children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to thrive’ (I-THRIVE) project.

I-THRIVE is sponsored by the US Agency of International Development (USAID) with the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP) being implementing partner.

MCNV Country Director Dr.Pham Dung speaks at the workshop.

MCNV is in charge of conducting one of I-THRIVE’s three objectives, which is enhancing the capacity of rehabilitation professionals at provincial and district levels through short full-time in-service training and coaching.

The training was conducted by the Hue University of Medicines and Pharmacy and Da Nang University of Medical Technology and Pharmacy, via the model of three 12-month courses covering three key areas of Rehabilitation Techniques, which are Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, and Physio Therapy.

During the 12-month training, the trainees had chance to participate in both theory and practice session at the Universities as well as clinical practice at hospitals.

The workshop held on January 21st, 2021 aimed to review the three training courses which were concluded in December 2020, awarding the Certificate of Graduation to the trainees and discuss on clinical practice support at targeted provincial hospitals and district health centers, and effective management of the newly-graduated rehabilitation professionals.

In the last 1 year, all of the 80 trainees have been qualified for graduation, of which 30 are health workers from Thua Thien-Hue Province.

Speaking at the event, MCNV Country Director, Dr. Pham Dung expressed his pleasant at the results of the trainings, noting the efforts of the trainees and trainers in overcoming multi difficulties to fulfill the course. He furthermore emphasized the importance of developing multidisciplinary approached rehabilitation workforce and services in province and district facilities.

Ms.Pham Thi Le Dung, USAID Senior Program Officer awards Certificate of Graduation to the trainees.

As part of the workshop, delegates of Thua Thien – Hue provincial Department of Health, local hospitals and district health centers took part in discussion on issues regarding the quality of human resources management in local facilities and public awareness raising campaign./.

*According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in three people worldwide (2.41 billion people) could benefit from rehabilitation (such as physical and occupational therapy or speech and language therapy) at some point in their illness or injury.

*According to the 2019 Housing and Population Census by the General Statistic Office (GSO), Vietnamese population has entered the so-called “aging phase” since 2011, and is one of the countries with highest rate of population aging. Currently, approximately 12 million Vietnamese people are at the age of 60 and above, accounting for 13% of the population. The percentage of people over the age of 60 is expected to rise to 23 million in 2053, accounting for 20% of the population.

*Concurrently, the increase of non-communicable diseases (stroke, heart diseases, etc) and injuries are leading to the increase of demand for rehabilitation.

*Also according to GSO, in Vietnam, 80% of persons with disabilities live in rural areas, causing difficult in accessing to Rehabilitation services.

*In order to tackle the aforementioned issues, rehabilitation services must be provided at multi-disciplinary health facilities, especially those in province and district levels. However, Vietnam’s rehabilitation workforce are still in shortage. Therefore, continuing education, short-term in-service training are essential solution to timely fill in the gap of rehabilitation workforce in Vietnam.