The Research Center for Inclusion (RCI) is legally registered in 2018 with the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology in Vietnam as a Vietnamese non-governmental organization (NGO). RCI is under coordination and management of the government focal point of Southeast Asian Research Association of Vietnam (SEARAV).
RCI aims to improve quality of life of persons with disability, in particular children and persons affected by leprosy, through research and advocacy on disability, inclusive education, inclusive health, social inclusion and community-based rehabilitation.
RCI is formerly known as Netherlands Leprosy Relief – Mekong Region (NLR Mekong). NLR operated in Vietnam in 1981 and extended its interventions to Cambodia, Myanmar, China, Laos and Thailand in 2012. Initially NLR supported leprosy disease control projects in the region and later shifted towards projects for disability and inclusion of persons with disability, including those disabled by leprosy.
RCI is constituted as a result of the localization of NLR Mekong. RCI continues NLR Mekong’s expertise, experience and network established throughout 35 years in Vietnam and other Mekong country region.
RCI envisions a world in which people with disability, including children and persons affected by leprosy enjoy equal rights and full inclusion in society.
RCI mobilizes resources and implements interventions with specific attention to research, innovation and technology to enhance independence and social inclusion of people with disability, including children and persons affected by leprosy.
Prof. D.Sc. NGUYEN THI HOANG YEN
National Academy of Education Management
HO SY QUANG
NGUYEN THI KIM ANH
National Coordinator Vietnam Association for Education For All (VAEFA)