LSN Vietnam started activities in January 2003 in partnership with the Peoples’ Committee of Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Quang Binh Province is one of the most heavily landmine/UXO-affected areas in Vietnam, and also one of the most underserved areas in the country.
Vietnam is plagued with approximately 350,000 tons of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) leftover from the Vietnam War, and it is estimated that as many as 3.5 million landmines are scattered throughout the countryside in Vietnam. As a result, the civilian population suffers over 2,000 casualties each year due to landmines and UXO. To date, Vietnam has not joined the Mine Ban Treaty. The national landmine priority in Vietnam is primarily restricted to mine clearance efforts, which impact economic development projects such as roads and bridges.
Active Caseload: 166
Average no of peer support visits/year: 978
Small Businesses supported: 54
No. 119, Hai Ba Trung Street
Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province
Coordinator: Nguyen Hoa Hoc
Phone: 84-52-843-184, 84-52-843-185
Mr. Nguyen Hoa Hoc, LSN-Vietnam Coordinator, lost both legs to a landmine accident in Cambodia. All peer support staff are amputees.
LSN’s work in Vietnam is supported by generous donations by the nations of Norway, Canada, New Zealand, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WWW Foundation, Mc Knight Foundation and Aus AID, and the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.