As at 12 June, there were 332 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 321 recoveries and 0 deaths.
Vietnam suspended the entry of all foreigners other than diplomats, officials, foreign investors, experts, and skilled workers from 22 March 2020, until further notice. Any foreigner who entered the country before 1 March is entitled to visa extensions till 30 June, but must present health declarations.
Vietnam is cited by global media as having one of the best-organised epidemic control programs in the world, along with Taiwan, South Korea and New Zealand. Several figures have praised Vietnam’s response, comparing it to the success in 2003 when Vietnam became the first country to be cleared of the SARS outbreak.
Clients are generally feeling more settled than previously. Hagar is continuing to respond to the needs of those requiring psycho-social counselling and emergency assistance arising from COVID-19, as well as our on-going projects.
The one change to Hagar’s program is that through the United Nations Trust Fund (UNTF), we received approval to utilise an additional $12,000 USD for COVID-19 responses in targeted Nghe An and Yen Bai primary and secondary schools. Funds will be utilised to establish washing stands, including a well, and strengthen hygiene and sanitation knowledge and standards of school children, teachers, and school leadership. These activities will begin immediately.
Survivor in Focus
Mai is one of the first clients that Hagar received when we first started working in Vietnam. Mai has been suffering from the trauma caused by domestic violence. Mai, with Hagar’s partnership, gradually escaped the ghost of her painful past to become more independent and self-sufficient in her life.
Thanks to Hagar, Mai had the opportunity to receive vocational training and is currently working at a restaurant. Although the work is hard and her income is low, Mai works very hard to earn enough money to raise her high-school son and manage their living costs. With every day that has passed, she has to live in panic and worry about whether she and her son would have food to eat tomorrow.
Although the case has been closed for nearly two years, our mission of “the whole journey” has included, the case manager following up on Mai’s situation during the pandemic.
“Knowing the difficulty she was facing, Hagar quickly subsidized nutrition to ensure that she was in good physical and mental health. Particularly, understanding the stress and fears of being unemployed, the case manager provides Mai with information about government support packages and guides her on how to prepare and submit the administrative documents to receive this support.”
Thanks to the care and guidance of Hagar, Mai was relieved and less tense about the economic burden when she finished the registration for the government support package.
Hagar pursues the highest degree of care and protection for each of its clients. To protect the identity of our clients, names have been changed and images do not necessarily represent the individual profiled.