COVID 19 Response in Viet Nam

by Centre of Live and Learn for Environment and Community (Live&Learn Vietnam)
COVID 19 Response in Viet Nam

I. BACKGROUND

Until July 2020, the situation of COVID in Viet Nam was still under control, yet since 25 July, the country witnessed a resurgence of cases from the community after 99 consecutive days from the last community case (16 April). Specifically, Da Nang and Quang Nam provinces were most heavily affected, as 98% of cases were either related to major hospitals of Da Nang city or have a history of visiting Da Nang. In addition, among 30 reported deaths were 26 cases from Da Nang and 3 from Quang Nam. On the other hand, the Northern province of Hai Duong also experienced a cluster of cases, starting from the first case who was detected in a hospital in Ha Noi on 6 August and transmitted to other people in his close contacts. (according to Viet Nam COVID-19 Situation Report #6 - Report as of 27 August 2020 by WHO Vietnam)

Noticing the emergence of supporting the community to deal with the resurgence of COVID, FORD VN, in collaboration with Live & Learn VN, had devised in-time responses with hope of contributing to the pandemic mitigation in Da Nang and Hai Duong. 

 

II. ACTIVITIES 

 

  • Hai Duong 

 

With the aim of supporting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Hai Duong (CDC Hai Duong) in their COVID prevention activities in the province, the project provided the center with an amount of 45,000,000 VND, which would be used to cover the cost of fuel and oil for the center’s vehicles in 1 month. Moreover, the Factory of Ford VN also supported CDC Hai Duong with a fleet of 3 cars/trucks to help carry people and anti-pandemic products.  

 

  • Da Nang

 

In Da Nang, the Pickup Da Nang Club (PDC) had been volunteering to transport relief goods in the city and to quarantine camps. 42 Ranger cars in the club were contributing to the local COVID prevention. To support PDC in their effort, the project provided them with 42 vouchers, including maintenance and repair service, so that the PDC members could have their car in the best condition for COVID prevention activities. 

Each voucher worths 1,500,000 VND, therefore the total amount for supporting PDC is 63,000,000 VND. 

 

III. FUTURE PLAN 

Till now, it is believed that Viet Nam has the pandemic under control, as the country has passed 77 days without any cases reported from the community (as of November 18) and are moving toward a safe coexistence with COVID 19. The community outbreak in Da Nang and Hai Duong was successfully controlled. With such positive results, the COVID Response Project by Ford VN and Live & Learn would continue to support the underprivileged in their recovery phase. The project is currently collecting data and needs from different sources like hospitals, partners or local government to devise in-time response plan. 

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I. GENERAL INFORMATION
At the end of April 2020, Ford VN’s employees have completed their donation process. The total amount that has been donated is 297,326,000 VND.
Live & Learn VN has also received the corresponding grant of $12,585 USD awarded by GlobalGiving, in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund.

The program has been implemented in 3 different cities and provinces of Viet Nam, namely Ha Noi, Ha Giang and Ho Chi Minh city, providing aid for thousands of people.

The program’s timetable is as such:

April 22, 2020

  • Delivered donations to the Training Center for the Blind (Ha Noi)
  • Delivered gifts to needy households in Hoan Kiem districts (Ha Noi)
  • Delivered rice to 5 rice ATMs (Ho Chi Minh city)
  • Delivered gifts to needy university students of Ho Chi Minh university of technology.

April 25-26, 2020

  • Delivered financial aid and gifts to ethnic people in Meo Vac district (Ha Giang)

II. HA NOI
1. Blind Practitioners and Teachers
Address: The Vietnam Blind Association, no 217 Trung Kinh street, Cau Giay district, Ha Noi.
80 visually impaired teachers and students, who come from many different provinces, are teaching and studying acupuncture at the Rehabilitation Training Center for the Blind. According to the training program, they will stay at the center and will be supported only lunch and dinner (12,000 VND per student per meal), and they will have to take care of their own breakfast. However, due to the nation-wide social distancing, they cannot go home or go out for breakfast. The program provided 80 people with:
• 15,000 VND per person per breakfast
• Food: instant noodles and milk, and
• Face masks (2 masks/ person)
The budget for supporting the students and teachers at the Training Center for the Blind is 43,360,000 VND.

2. Needy Households in Hoan Kiem district
There are 120 households of Hoan Kiem district who strive to survive with low to no income. Especially, due to the national social distancing, their lives were severely affected as there is no way for them to make a living. The program helped these households by providing per household with:
• Food: rice (a 5-kilogram pack) and oil (a 2-liter can)
• One 100,000 VND gift card at the supermarket
• Face masks (10 masks)
The budget for supporting needy households in Hoan Kiem district is 45,528,000 VND.

In total, the budget for COVID response in Ha Noi is 88,888,000 VND.

III. HO CHI MINH CITY
1. Rice ATMs
In Ho Chi Minh city, there are rice ATMs that help distribute free rice to the needy people. The program contributed to this meaningful activity by donating 4 tons of rice to 6 ATM machines in the city. To facilitate the donation, Ford VN sent cars to pick up the rice from the dealer and delivered to each ATM machine.
The budget for donating to the rice ATMs is 68,544,000 VND.

2. Needy university students
During the national lock down, a number of needy university students who could not go back to their hometown have been suffering from shortage of food and necessities. The program supported 150 students of Ho Chi Minh University of Technology by providing them with:
• 2250 meals
• A 100,000 VND data SIM card (for each students)
The budget for supporting 150 needy students is 69,450,000 VND.

In total, the budget for COVID response in Ho Chi Minh city is 137,994,000 VND.

IV. HA GIANG
Ha Giang is a poor rural province located in the northernmost of Vietnam. Especially, in the past months, the ethinic people in Meo Vac district (Ha Giang) were severely affected not only by the COVID 19 pandemic but also by constant storms. An emergency support plan was devised in response to the situation:
1. COVID virus checkpoints
The Government has set up some virus checkpoints in the province of Ha Giang to screen for fevers. The program contributed to this effort of battling against the pandemic by the Government by providing:
• 60,000,000 VND in cash to help build 3 checkpoints
• Protective suits and facemasks
• Hand sanitizers
The budget for supporting virus checkpoints is 75,826,400VND.

2. Needy households
The program gifted 140 needy households in Meo Vac district with food and necessities (i.e rice, cooking oil, salt) with hope that the supply can help them overcome the period of difficulties:
The budget for helping needy households is 60,435,000 VND

3. Households that were affected by the storm
There are 10 houses in Meo Vac that were severely affected by the storm, and the program supported each household with 2,000,000 VND in cash.
The budget for helping these affected households is 20,000,000 VND.

In total, the budget for COVID response in Ha Giang province is 156,261,400 VND

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Van Nguyet Do
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