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20100907 Disability, poverty and social protection in Viet Nam


20100907 Disability, poverty and social protection in Viet Nam
Sourced from 'Agent Orange Record'
Viet Nam has a large disabled population due to war and the disease, poverty, and low quality
and use of formal health care resulting from its low income country status. Poverty has
decreased dramatically since the Ð?i M?i policies of the late 1980’s, but income inequality has
risen. Consequently, the Vietnamese government has introduced social protection programs for
selected target groups including PWDs. Programs include monthly cash transfers and free health
insurance or medical fee exemption. Beginning with a country overview, this chapter reviews the
available information on disability prevalence, poverty, and social protection in Viet Nam.