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Continuing our support to Vietnam’s struggle against COVID-19 impacts in 2020, ActionAid Vietnam (AAV) and Aid for social protection program foundation Vietnam (AFV) began the “Together, we shall come back stronger!” 2021 Programme across the country. The Programme reaches out to nearly 70,000 people in dire need due to COVID’s impacts. With a total confirmed fund of approx. VND8 bil. out of nearly VND11 bil. expected to be allocated, the Programme is implemented during July – December 2021 in 12 provinces and cities across Vietnam. This is part of the “The People’s Vaccine” global campaign initiated by ActionAid and the People’s Vaccine Alliance.
Despite Vietnam’s success in the first three waves in early 2021, the country is experiencing the 4th wave of coronavirus siege with complexity and severity that are so unpredictable. According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, as of August 16th, 2021, more than 275,000 infections and 5,000+ deaths have been recorded. Ho Chi Minh City, one of 12 areas where AAV and AFV’s programmes are active, is currently the COVID-19’s epicentre, with a daily tally surpassing over 6,000. The pandemic spreads not only fear but the loss of jobs and livelihood. Social distancing regulations to curtain the virus spread prevent people from accessing daily necessities and PPE supplies. Additionally, the number of people experiencing psychological stress and domestic violence skyrocketed during the lockdown.
The “Together, we will come back stronger!” 2021 Programme delivers emergency assistance to pandemic-vulnerable groups, including migrant and informal (women) workers, the unemployed, households with difficulties, people with disabilities and their families, frontline health workers, F0 and F1 cases, the elderly, women, children. Support packages are tailored according to the recipient’s needs, from nutritious foods, masks, medical supplies, to mental health care, such as legal counselling hotline for women garment workers, who are suffering from sexual harassment, domestic violence or chronic stress.
Supporting people to survive emergency has been key amongst AAV and AFV’s programme priorities. Journalist Ta Viet Anh, Chair of AFV Boards of Management, shared: “In 2020, AFV and ActionAid Vietnam directly assisted more than 45,000 people and children in 11 provinces and cities across the country to bounce back better from the pandemic. This year, with tens of thousands of emergency support packages with the ‘Free Vaccines for All’ message, we hope to make a humble contribution to the wonderful efforts of Vietnam Government and people to overcome the pandemic, so that we can come back stronger and safer.”
“Thank you for the fresh vegetable and nutritious food package to our family. We will have warm and home-cooked meals, which are so rare and needed in this time of social lock down. Hopefully, more people across the country would also receive the practical support as we did.” said Ms. Ha Thi Phuong, a migrant worker in Hai Phong city, one of the first recipients of the emergency packages that “Together we will come back stronger!” 2021 Programme reached out to.
ActionAid Vietnam and AFV are proud to have been entrusted by many partners and sponsors, including CARE International in Vietnam, Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF), Global Fund for Women (GFW), and The Christian Blind Mission (CBM), to ensure the support reaching to the right people in need.