I-THRIVE project closed with significant outcomes

The Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP), the Deparments of Health in Thua Thien – Hue and Quang Nam province recently held the close-out ceremony for the project ‘Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Services Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities to thrive’ (I-Thrive).

Delegates from Quang Nam province.

The project I-Thrive is funded by the United States Agency for International Development, CCIHP being the implementing partner, and MCNV being the co-implementing partner.
The close-out event, held on February 2&3 brought together representatives of USAID, CCIHP, MCNV, the Medical Services Administration (Ministry of Health), Thua Thien – Hue and Quang Nam Deparment of Health, Da Nang University of Medical Technology and Pharmacy, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, and partner hospitals, medical centers in Thua Thien – Hue and Quang Nam.

After three years of implementation (Sep 2018-March 2022) the project has achieved a number of outcomes, in particular providing interdisciplinary rehabilitation capacity building and basic rehabilitation equipment to 100% of district-level health facilities of Thua Thien – Hue and 50% of district-level medical centers of Quang Nam province.

The capacity-building activities were conducted through a series of 12-month full-time training program in Occupational Therapy (OT), Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) and Physical Therapy (PT). These are also Vietnam’s first 12-month program in rehabilitation training.

Delegates from Thua Thien – Hue (left) and the Medical Services Administration.

Upon completion of the program, 56 trainees, who are healthworkers of province and district-level health facilities have returned to their workplace and applied what they have learnt to provide rehab services to 4.086 patients, of which PT, OT and SATL accounts for 89%, 41% and 6%, respectively.
Along with coaching, I-Thrive has created and implemented intervention program with the multi-disciplinary group in rehabilitation in province-level health facilities, participated by parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In addition, the project also achieved a significant milestone, which is the completion of the “National guideline on early identification and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder” and the “Guideline on mechanism of interdisciplinary rehabilitation team”.
These aforementioned outcomes are expected to lay a solid foundation for future projects in rehabilitation and provide the best support for personnes with disabilities./.

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I-THRIVE marks a new milestone

A workshop themed ‘Enhancing the Capacity of Rehabilitation Professionals’ was held in Quang Nam Province on January 15th, 2021, as part of the ‘Interdisciplinary rehabilitation services supporting children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to thrive’ (I-THRIVE) Project.

Dr.Pham Dung, MCNV Country Director awards the Certificate to trainees graduated from the OT 12-month course.

As part of the conference, 26 health workers of 2 Quang Nam provincial hospitals and 9 district health centers were awarded with the Certificate of Graduation from the 12-month training on Rehabilitation Techniques (Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Physio Therapy).

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

Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam (MCNV) is in charge of realizing 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.

A clinical practice session in the 12-month OT course.

The trainings were provided via the model of three 12-month courses covering three key areas of Rehabilitation Techniques, which are Occupational therapy (OT), Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) and Physio Therapy, instructed by lecturers from Manipal Academy of Higher Education (India), Hue University of Medicines and Pharmacy and Da Nang University of Medical Technology and Pharmacy.

After one year of hard work, despite the various challenges brought about by COVID-19 and natural disasters, all of the 80 trainees, who are health workers from four provinces of Quang Nam, Thua Thien – Hue, Quang Tri and Binh Dinh have successfully graduated.

A clinical practice session in Speech and Language Therapy.

Sharing about her experience, Ms. Alang Ep, Co Tu ethnicity, health worker of Dong Giang District Health Center, Quang Nam Province said:

“Before participating in the course, to me, Speech and Language Therapy was a vague concept. Thanks to the 12-month training, I have gained relevant understanding of it, what the basic techniques are, who are the clients, etc. I also enjoy the chance of taking part in clinical practice at three hospitals of Da Nang City, especially working with children. I hope that in the future, I will be able to apply what I’ve learned to helping people with disabilities in my community.”

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

The completion of the course marks the beginning of a new phase of I-THRIVE. MCNV and partners are now working together to support clinical practice for the graduates and improving the quality of human resources management in local medical centers./.

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