Study the realities of social sponsorship system for people with disabilities

Posted at: SATurday - 01/04/2017 01:14 - post name: Cộng tác viên

 
Ass.Prof. Dr. Hoang Van Minh – Vice President of University of Public Health gave opening speech

Ass.Prof. Dr. Hoang Van Minh – Vice President of University of Public Health gave opening speech

In cooperation with London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom, University of Public Health held a seminar reporting the results of researching realities of social sponsorship system for people with disabilities in Vietnam on March 15th 2017.

Giving opening speech at the seminar, Ass.Prof.Dr. Hoang Van Minh – Vice President of University of Public Health said that the seminar aimed at collecting comments of delegates on preliminary results of studying rate of people with disabilities in community and social sponsorship system for them in Vietnam.

According to earlier results of the study, M.A. Morgon Banks – Researcher, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom said there was around 15% of international population – more than one billion people with disabilities. They face poverty and disadvantages, therefore social sponsorship could handle these matters.

According to M.A. Morgon Banks, the current main concerns for people with disabilities include their need of social sonsorship; their attendance in social sonsorship programs; the access to different services between people without disabilities and people with disabilities; disability-related services between disabled people with one another; the process of applying for and receiving social allowances of people with disabilities; the influence of receiving social allowances on people with disabilities.

In respond to these concerns, a study implemented at Cam Le district, Da Nang city indicated that poverty rates are higher for households with disabled people than for those ones who do not. At present, compared to people without disabilities of the same gender, age and living area, the rate of mature disabled people not going to school is five times higher, their education qualification is also lower if going to school, the risk of illiteracy is 2.5 times higher, the possibility that children with severe disabilities do not go to school is as twice as that of children without disabilities.

M.A. Morgon Banks said that at present, the allowance for people with severe disabilities and special severe disabilities is VND405,000/month and VND540,000/month respectively. Such amounts are too small for them to cover their living expenses or additional needs. In addition, people with disabilities receive free health insurance cards. However, current health insurance excludes most of rehabilitation services or supporting devices. M.A. Morgon Banks, therefore, emphasized that it is necessary to raise awareness about other benefits such as reducing fares of means of transportation and link to such other services as vocational training, education etc.

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M.A. Morgon Banks – Researcher, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom said there was around 15% of international population – more than 1 billion people with disabilities

Author: HT
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