Vietnam Mental Health Consortium Project
The Vietnam Mental Health Consortium Project aims to establish a coordinated an comprehensive mental health system that is accessible and responsive to the diverse needs of the population.
This is a 3-year project (1 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2015) which brings together a Consortium of local and international partners (GCMH, Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF), Research and Training Centre for Community Development, and UNICEF-Vietnam) to share our experience, expertise and resources to provide coordinated technical assistance to MoH and MoLISA to establish formal partnerships and develop and implement a comprehensive mental health system in Vietnam that integrates the objective of the National Taskforce Project, Decision 32/2010/QD-TTg Project1 and Decision 1215/QD-Ttg Project2.
- Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Department of Social Protection
- Ministry of Health, Department of Medical Service Administration (MoH)
- UNICEF Vietnam
- Research and Training Centre for Community Development (RTCCD)
- Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation
Examples of Activities of this Consortium
- Supporting the development of a National Mental Health Policy
- Develop, implement and evaluate service delivery models for community based mental health, rehabilitation and social services for people with mental disorders
- Developing an integrated monitoring and evaluation system to track implementation of the National Action Framework on Mental Health
- Conducting needs assessment and develop a human resource development plan for mental health services
- Building capacity for managers on leadership in integrated mental health system development and implementation
- Reviewing and disseminate evidence, practical experiences and best practices in community mental health care
- Develop and implement appropriate standards and training programmes in health and social sector to integrate and coordinate the role of social workers in mental health, rehabilitation and social services for people with mental disorders.
Expected Outcomes of this project include:
- Improved inter-sectoral collaboration and coordination among key ministries, partners and other key stakeholders
- Strengthened system-level operational structures to implement and oversee the National Action Framework on Mental Health
- Mental health legislation that provides the legal basis for comprehensive mental health care and ensures human rights protections for people with mental disorders
- A comprehensive mental health human resource development plan
- Increased and more highly skilled workforce for community mental health care
- Empowered management of the mental health interventions and performance through effective M&E system
- Professional guidelines to ensure promotion of equitable access to health, mental health, rehabilitation and social services
- High quality peer-reviewed and policy-relevant research knowledge that informs implementation, scale up, and evaluation of an integrated mental health care system in Vietnam; and
- An integrated monitoring and evaluation system to track implementation of the National Action Framework on Mental Health.
Atlantic Philanthropies (Jan 2013 - Dec 2015)
 In 2010, Prime Ministerial Decision 32/2010/QD-TTg was announced, to develop social work as a profession and to train 60,000 social work staff, including social workers and officials, by 2020. In 2011, Prime Ministerial Decision 1215/QD-Ttg Project, Community-Based Assistance and Functional Rehabilitation for Mental Ill and Mentally Disordered Project, 2011-2020 (“1215 Project”) was announced. This project sets out an ambitious program of national reform and development of community based functional rehabilitation and social support services for PWMDs in Vietnam, and makes available substantial funds from the state budget to implement this reform.