Supporting the Government of Viet Nam in Strengthening Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response for Vietnamese Migrants Abroad and Potential Migrants

Supporting the Government of Viet Nam in Strengthening Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response for Vietnamese Migrants Abroad and Potential Migrants

Asia
MA.0484
VN10P0506
300,000
Viet Nam
Health Promotion and Assist for Migrants
National
Active

In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that an outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) constituted a pandemic. Migrants face the same health threats from infectious diseases as host populations, but it has been witnessed that the pandemic and its impact on mobility can increase the vulnerabilities of migrants throughout the mobility continuum. While the Government of Viet Nam is committed to implementing the 2017 World Health Assembly (WHA) Resolution 70.15 on promoting the health of refugees and migrants, they have further identified capacity building needs to effectively support Vietnamese migrants during public health emergencies such as COVID-19 in a whole-of-government approach.

The overall objective of the proposed project is to contribute to effective public health emergency preparedness and response by the Government of Viet Nam along the mobility continuum. In order to better understand challenges facing Vietnamese migrants abroad in accessing accurate information as well as healthcare during public health crises such as COVID-19, the project will undertake a study which targets Vietnamese migrants living in Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) which are top two countries of destination, as well as recent returnees from these two countries and Taiwan Province of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Relevant Vietnamese government actors, embassies and other stakeholders will also be interviewed to assess the current practices and their challenges in meeting migrants’ needs. The results of the study will enable the Government of Vietnam to identify key issues and develop recommendations for areas of prioritized action (Output 1.1). The study will also inform a gender-sensitive guideline to be developed by the Government of Viet Nam on ensuring health of migrants during public health emergencies along the mobility continuum (Output 1.2). The project will create country profiles of up-to-date health and immigration regulations including COVID-19 related measures (Output 2.1) which will be sustained by the government authorities. Based on these country profiles, key messaging and advisories will be formulated and become available through various social media platforms in partnership with the government. A training of trainers will also be delivered for Vietnamese recruitment agencies to improve their knowledge and skills on better advising potential and departing migrants as well as migrants abroad in the context of public health emergencies (Output 2.2).