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On October 4th, 2022, VNDMA in collaboration with ADPC to organize the National Webinar on the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support. The main objective of the webinar is to share experiences and good practices on mental health and psychosocial support in response to emergencies to everyone, no one left behind by promoting investment on mental health and psychosocial; make the mental health and psychosocial care available and accessible to everyone, especially two targeted cities of Nam Dinh and My Tho.



The Urban Resilience to climate extreme in Southeast Asia (URCE) program is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) through the Asia Disaster Preparedness Center. (ADPC). The project has been approved by the Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development under Decision No. 707/QD-BNN-HTQT dated February 8, 2021

Right after obtaining the approval from the Government, the VNDMA has worked closely with the ADPC to urgently implement the project's activities including the national workshop, training courses on community based disaster risk management for the urban area, nutrition at 2 cities of Nam Dinh and My Tho.

Under the framework of the project, ADPC has addressed an issue which is not new now; however, it is required additional attention of government agencies and international organizations: metal health and psychosocial support. Especially, Vietnam and other countries in the worlds have faced with the due challenges of disaster and covid 19 pandemic.

Annually, while still responding with disasters such as typhoon, flood, droughts, etc; countries also faced with the worst epidemic in the history – the COVID 19. The due challenges imposed by both disaster and pandemic have burdened the economy, health care and education of many countries in the world, including Vietnam. For the health sector, the need for the mental health and psycho social support is increasing in the context that human is suffering from the increasing pressure of the society.

According to the WHO definition of Health “Mental health and psychosocial is an integral part of the health”. In a country suffered from many disasters like Vietnam, the psycho social and natural disaster can cause server impact in both short term and long term. These impacts may threaten the social security, human rights and human development.


Mrs.  Mette Møglestue, Deputy Head of Mission Norwegian Embassy in Hanoi gave the opening speech

One of the greatest challenges that we have face in emergencies is the weak heath care system and not well prepared to response to the destructive disaster events. In addition, the health care equipment is insufficient, of which, metal health and psycho socal is not integrated into the health network.

For that reason, the improvement of mental health and psycho social is one the of top priority in disaster risk reduction. To achieve this goal, strong commitment and collaboration among government agencies, INGO, and Civil Society Organizations in the Metal health and psycho social support.


Dr. Lai Duc Truong, WHO Vietnam presented about Integrating MHPSS into Primary Care

With the perspective, on October 4th, 2022, VNDMA in collaboration with ADPC to organize the National Webinar on the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support. In this Webinar, participants will hear the presentations of experts from relevant stakeholders. The main objective of the webinar is to share experiences and good practices on mental health and psychosocial support in response to emergencies to everyone, no one left behind by promoting investment on mental health and psychosocial; make the mental health and psychosocial care available and accessible to everyone, especially two targeted cities of Nam Dinh and My Tho.


Doctor Nguyen Y Duyen, - Child Protection Division - UNICEF Viet Nam presented about “Friendly spaces and children's mental health during COVID-19” - Vietnam experience 


Doctor Le Gia Tien – Director of the Health Care Department and the Office of the National Committee for voluntary blood donation COVID-19, VRC, shared experiences about their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic

Main purpose of the Webinar is to increase the attention of government agencies, NGOs in general, and each individual delegate sitting here in particular, and at the same time create Finally, promote cooperation between the parties towards a safer, healthier society, both materially and spiritually.


Delegates took souvenir photos

Nguyen Minh Thai