Vietnam to launch project for disabled people

08:49, July 07, 2011      

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The draft project to support the disabled people during 2011-2020 was put under discussion at the seminar held here on Wednesday by the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) with participation of officials from relevant ministries and branches, and central and local organizations.

The project, scheduled to be implemented in two phases, during 2011-2015 and 2015-2020, is aimed at solving problems occurred while policies to take care of, and support the disabled people are implemented, so as to improve their life and provide them with opportunities to participate more in social activities.

According to MoLISA, Vietnam has 6.7 million disabled people, including 3.6 million female, 1.2 million children and more than 5 million living in rural areas. During 2006-2010, about 467,965 disabled people received social security allowance, 1,775 disabled people had been treated with orthopedic surgery and functional rehabilitation, and 6,500 disabled people received free legal consultation.

The country has more than 3,500 schools and kindergartens for disabled children, together with 107 specific training schools and 11 support centers, and seven universities and colleges having special faculties for the disabled students. More than 44,000 disable people, half of them between 19-35 years old, are learning at vocational courses.

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