LSN Vietnam Health
Under an agreement with the Vietnamese government, if a landmine or unexploded ordnance (UXO) accident happens in the district, local authorities inform LSN-Vietnam so that Outreach Workers can intervene rapidly to support the new survivors with health care and peer support.
In December 2004, LSN staff collaborated with Bo Trach People’s Committee and other local service providers to organize an event marking the International Day for People with Disabilities. More than 200 survivors and guests participated. The event provided survivors with the opportunity to meet one another and share experiences, and to meet representatives of the District Bureau of Social Affairs.
Surviving Limb Loss pamphlets have been translated into Vietnamese, and distributed to hundreds of survivors.
In April 2005, LSN-Vietnam organized a big event in Quang Binh province at the occasion of the National Day of People with Disabilities. Sports competitions were held, with over 300 participants competing in wheelchair racing, swimming, badminton, and other sports. LSN-Vietnam athletes—survivor-clients and staff alike—demonstrated the abilities of people with limb loss, and in many cases, they medaled in their sport. LSN’s Coordinator, Nguyen Hoa Hoc, won 3 gold medals in shot put, javelin and discus. This tournament served as the qualifier for the national competition for people with disabilities held in Hanoi in July, 2005. In that national event, he reached the stage for one silver and 2 bronze medals. Participants were so enthusiastic about the competition, that a similar event was organized for people with disabilities in the neighboring province of Quang Tri.