Grants Awarded to Support Training for Family Caregivers of Disabilities

Caregivers of persons with disabilities now have the chance to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to provide high-quality care thanks to a new training course.


Community-based care plays a critical role in ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to local health clinics. The Medical Committee of Netherlands-Vietnam (MCNV) recently partnered with local Department of Health and district-level health centers to provide two-day training courses on care skills for caregivers of persons with disabilities (PwDs) in five districts/towns of Quang Tri, Thua Thien – Hue, Quang Nam provinces.

Caregivers of Persons with Disabilities Received Training
A lecturer from Da Nang University of Medical and Pharmaceutical Technology instructing a class at Huong Phu commune, Nam Dong district, Thua Thien Hue province. Source: MCNV

Through guidance from lecturers and district nurses, community and home-based caregivers are enhancing their knowledge and skills in assisting persons with disabilities with daily living functions. The training focuses on support for PwDs in activities such as feeding, toileting, personal hygiene, ulcer prevention, and fall prevention, among others.

The training sessions were attended by 123 participants, who were family members of people with disabilities. Among them, 19 were from Quang Tri town, 60 from Huong Hoa district, 16 from Nam Dong district, and 28 from Hiep Duc district. The training approach utilized visual aids, observation and modeling, and hands-on practice to cater to the diverse needs of the participants.

Caregivers of Persons with Disabilities Received Training
Practicing eye, nose, and ear hygiene for persons with disabilities. Source: MCNV

The participants not only gained knowledge and skills from the training sessions but also had the opportunity to share their own experiences of caregiving for PwDs. One caregiver trainee mentioned that he was excited to learn practical knowledge and skills that would help him better care for his paralyzed wife.

These training activities are part of the Inclusion-I Project (Phase 2), supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP), under the National Action Centre for Toxic Chemicals and Environmental Treatment (NACCET). MCNV is one of the implementing partners.

Hannah Nguyen