The New American Rehabilitation Clinic Begins Operation to Serve People with Disabilities in Danang
On Saturday, June 28, 2008, Viet-Nam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) held an inauguration ceremony for the official opening of a rehabilitation clinic in Danang City. The new facility is a two story annex to the Danang Binh Dan General Hospital in Danang, funded by American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA), a congressionally-mandated program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) The rehabilitation clinic is the first ever ASHA-funded humanitarian project in Vietnam. Vice Minister of Health, Mme. Nguyen Thi Xuyen and Mr. Roger Carlson, Director of USAID/Vietnam
were honored speakers at the ceremony.
As a center for training and education, and exchange advanced technology in physical therapy and rehabilitation services, the new clinic will bring American medical expertise from hospitals and medical institutions in Washington, DC and other major U.S. cities to Danang and the surrounding areas.
The program will be complemented by other efforts of USAID and VNAH to design a comprehensive rehabilitation service delivery model that can be expanded to other areas of Vietnam.