Poverty Reduction by Improving Social Work and Health in Rural Vietnam

UPCD Tier 2 Project 098/S47074-322
funded by the Government of Canada through the
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
and operated by

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

Project Team

CANADA: Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN)

Dr. Lan Gien (Nursing) Project Director

Dr. Sharon Taylor (Social Work) Co-Director

Dr. Ken Barter (Social Work) Co-Director

VIETNAM: College of Labour and Social Affairs (CLSA) which became University of Labour and Social Affairs (ULSA) in 2005

Dr. Nguyen Tiep, Project Co-Director & Director of ULSA

Dr. Trinh Khac Tham, Vice Director, ULSA

Ms. Bui Xuan Mai, Deputy Head, Sciences & External Relations

Mr. Pham Thanh Khoai, Dean, Sciences & External Relations (2002-2006)

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thai Lan, Faculty member, ULSA

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuan, Vice Director, ULSA(2006-07), Department of External Relations

Memorial’s School of Nursing has been involved in improving the quality of nursing education in Vietnam for the last four years, and now a joint project with the School of Social Work is targeting the area of social services and health.

Dr. Lan Gien, Nursing, and Dr. Elizabeth Dow, Social Work, have joined forces to better the quality of life in rural Vietnam by improving social services for women, children, the elderly and disabled people. The five-year project has received a grant of over $749,000 from the government of Canada, throughCanadian International Development Agency (CIDA), administered by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).

The 2 main interrelated impacts of this project are:

  • to improve the quality of social workers for rural Vietnam (VN); and
  • to enhance the capacity of the University of Labour and Social Affairs (ULSA) of VN to sustain the SW training program following completion of this project.

Poverty reduction has been one of the pririties of the VN government. Despite the economic success in the past decade, the poverty reduction has not been uniform and economic disparity is widening between the urban and rural areas, between different regions of VN and amongst various groups. The VN government (GOV) continues to strive for further reduction in the poverty rate, especially in the rural and remote areas and to narrow existing social gaps. This project will assist the GOV to achieve its goal by improving the quality of education for SWs and enhance the capacity of the ULSA to sustain the social work training program.

In this project, the College of Labour and Social Affairs has extended their collaborations with other international agencies such as the University of Regina, Sask., Philippine Women University, UNICEF in Hanoi, Resource Exchange International (REI) andCommunity and Family Services International (CFSI).


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