Viet Nam: Mid-year report 2012 - MAAVN001

This report covers the period 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012.

Overview Progress in terms of programme implementation in the first six months of the year has been significant in community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) and organizational development (OD) programmes. It was slow in health and care (HC), largely due to the deployment of key resources in the emergency response to the sudden and rapid increase in cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). Progress in the disaster preparedness (DP) programme was also limited owing to an emergency medical evacuation of the DP programme coordinator.

In CBDRR, several small-scale disaster risk reduction measures were undertaken in 21 communes to strengthen community resilience in the event of a disaster. These include upgrading of equipment as well as capacity building through training for disaster response teams at the community level. In organizational development, headway was made in initiating discussions on volunteer management with the support of the Southeast Asia regional office. The process of building greater capacity for the National Society in planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting (PMER) skills was also set in motion through training workshops and identifying lessons for upcoming ones.

In health and care, the dengue fever prevention programme implemented in 2011 was evaluated in April this year. With continued funding, the programme activities will be implemented in the second half of the year, building on the successes and addressing the challenges from the previous operation. Preparations are underway to launch the advocacy initiatives for road safety as well as for further capacity building in water and sanitation in emergencies. In disaster preparedness, cash transfer programme guidelines have been finalized. Disaster preparedness training courses for staff and volunteers will be conducted in the coming months.