• People in a very small water craft with a Red Cross flog in a flood zone in Vietnam

Helping in Vietnam

Prevention, Care and Support Project

In response to the increasing incidence of HIV in Vietnam, the American Red Cross has been working with the Vietnam Red Cross and other partners since early 2008 to improve access to and utilization of HIV information, treatment, care and support services. The program seeks to ensure that patients regularly take their antiretroviral medications and reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination. The program focuses on groups who are particularly vulnerable to HIV such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, persons who inject drugs, truck drivers and migrant workers. In collaboration with the Vietnam Red Cross, HIV-positive peer support groups have been and continue to be trained on implementing, monitoring and sustaining activities. Through these groups, the project aims to reach approximately 15,000 people in the cities of Hanoi and Hai Phong.

Disaster Risk Reduction Expanded Program in Vietnam

Vietnam faces typhoons and floods every year, as well as a range of other disasters. Rapid population growth and urbanization only increase the risk these communities already face. The American Red Cross has been working with the Vietnam Red Cross for several years to help mitigate these risks and to help communities become better prepared for when disasters strike. Our most recent initiative focuses on school and community-based disaster preparedness education programs. This includes training for first responders as well as awareness-raising activities and training for teachers, students and other members of the community. Additional activities include the development of community disaster plans, and the establishment of caches of equipment for community emergency response teams. Through these activities, communities in Vietnam can become more resilient and will be able to more easily respond when disasters occur in the future. This project, which began in late 2010, aims to benefit nearly 140,000 people.

Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response

In partnership with the Asia Disaster Preparedness Center, the American Red Cross has been working since mid-2009 to address disaster vulnerability in South and Southeast Asia through a strategic regional risk reduction program, the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER). Through this regional disaster preparedness initiative, the American Red Cross is assisting Red Cross and Red Crescent national partners and other organizations in nine countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam) to help improve disaster preparedness. This work includes building community-level first responder capacity (including the capacity of the local Red Cross and Red Crescent societies) in disaster-prone communities by sharing essential disaster response skills, such as how to safely conduct light search and rescue activities and effectively triage wounded survivors of disasters or other local crises. At the same time, the project works to make community-based decision-making a key part of emergency response systems, ensuring that first responders and authorities are directly linked to community preparedness plans, enabling better-coordinated disaster responses. This program is partially funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) with supplemental funding from the American Red Cross. This project aims to train approximately 5,000 first responders who will be in a position to support millions of vulnerable people living across the nine countries encompassed in this program.