US launches second phase of Red Cross project
  • | VET | December 13, 2017 06:38 AM
The US Ambassador in Vietnam, H.E. Daniel J. Kritenbrink, launched Phase II of the Enhanced Capacity of the Vietnam Red Cross (VNRC) project on behalf of the US Government on December 12.

US Ambassador Daniel J. Kritenbrink (L) at the project launch ceremony on Dec.12 (Photo from

With an $800,000 grant from the US Agency for International Development, Phase II of the project is expected to benefit 13,700 people directly and 30,000 people indirectly in the three targeted provinces of Bac Lieu, Hoa Binh, and Quang Tri.

Phase II builds on the achievements of Phase I and will continue to utilize a community-based approach to help communes better prepare for and increase their resilience against disasters. Project activities include developing hazard risk reduction and disaster preparedness plans; providing training to teachers and students on water use, sanitation, and hygiene in emergencies; organizing “train the trainer” courses for Provincial Disaster Response teams; developing and adapting Health Emergency Response Guides; and providing first aid and epidemic-prevention training.

Vietnam remains vulnerable to a host of weather-related risks and climate change impacts. The recent typhoons Doksuri and Damrey clearly demonstrated the importance of being prepared and able to effectively respond to disasters.

Since 2000, USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance has provided more than $20 million to address emergency response needs and disaster risk management activities in Vietnam. Through the US Department of Defense, the US Government has also provided more than $28 million since 1998 to train military and civilian emergency responders and develop and equip disaster management centers, maritime response centers, and disaster shelters at the community level.

USAID is the lead US Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID’s mission statement highlights two complementary and intrinsically linked goals: ending extreme poverty and promoting the development of resilient, democratic societies that are able to realize their potential.

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