Research Center for Inclusion

Formerly known as NLR Mekong

Health & Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR)

Research Center for Inclusion implements inclusive health and community-based rehabilitation (CBR) programs in cooperation with Partner Organizations across the country, Myanmar and Cambodia.


The key activities include:

          • enhancing self-care skills for persons and youth with disability;
          • providing training for caregivers and their family members on rehabilitation and self-care;
          • providing physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy through local partners and local rehabilitation center;
          • providing prostheses for persons affected by leprosy

Physiotherapy provided by QCA in Quang Tri and by FGCDC in Hue

Providing prostheses to persons with disabilities


Annual Project (2000-2021)

Sponsor: Liliane Fonds (Netherlands)


(1) Support children with disabilities to access rehabilitation services locally or at home

(2) Support scholarships for children with disabilities to maintain their studies or create opportunities for children to go to school

(3) Promote the participation of children with disabilities in social activities, including culture, sports and entertainment

Duration: 2000 - 2021

Implementing organizations: Research Center for Inclusion (RCI), Thien Nhan Rehabilitation Center (TNRC)*, Fund of Genetic Counseling and Disabled Children (FGCDC), Vietnam Health Improvement Project (VNHIP)

Project locations: Mekong Region Countries, including:

    • Cambodia
    • Myanmar
    • Vietnam


    1. Community-Based Rehabilitation

    2. Inclusive education

    3. Vocational training and integrated labor

    4. Social inclusion and livelihood

    5. Partner network development and policy advocacy

    6. Monitor and evaluate project activities

*Formerly known as Quang Tri Charity Association (QCA)

Prosthesis Care and School Support to Children of Parents Affected by Leprosy in Vietnam (2018-2021)

Sponsor: the Peerke Donders Foundation (Peerke Donders Stichting in Dutch).

Objectives: The project aims at providing prostheses or/and repairing services for people affected by leprosy in Vietnam and scholarships for children of families affected by leprosy.

Duration: from 2018 to 2021

Implementing organizations: Partner organizations under the Department of Health and leprosy hospitals 

Project locations: 17 provinces in the North, Central and South of Vietnam


    1. Prosthetic care for persons affected by leprosy in Vietnam;
    2. Scholarship for Children from poor families with persons affected by leprosy;
    3. Emergency relief/ Food relief for person affected by leprosy in Vietnam.
Integrated Rehabilitation of Persons With Disability Related to Leprosy (2020-2021)

Sponsor: Sasakawa Health Foundation (Japan).

Objectives: The project aims at improving quality of life for people with leprosy related disability, which will enable them to live a life as they desire.

Duration: from 01/04/2020 to 31/03/2021

Implementing organizations: VNHIP (Vietnam Health Improvement Project) and Chi Linh Leprosy Hospital 

Project locations: Da Nang City and Chi Linh Leprosy Hospital in Hai Duong City, Vietnam


    1. Building capacity of community health and social workers on early detection/screening and referral of people with leprosy-related disability to hospital;
    2. Increasing their accessibility to rehabilitation and social services through supports in treatment at community health stations;
    3. Strengthening integration of people with leprosy related disability into society and improving their material well-being (through social activities, outdoor visits and activities at community house).
Inclusion 1 (2022-2023)

Sponsor: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Managing Organizations: National Action Centre for Toxic Chemicals and Environmental Treatment (NACCET) and Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP)

Implementing Organizations: Alliance of All for Inclusion (AAI) includes 5 members:

(1) Research Center for Inclusion (RCI) – leader

(2) Quang Tri Charity Association (QCA) – member

(3) RENEW project – member

(4) Viet Nam Health Improvement Project (VNHIP) – member 

(5) Funds of Genetic Counseling & Disabled Children (FGCDC) – member

Objectives: rehabilitation and home-based care services for people with disabilities are improved

Duration: 2022 to 2023

Project locations: 

  • Quang Tri Province: Gio Linh and Hai Lang districts
  • Thua Thien Hue province: A Luoi and Phu Vang districts
  • Quang Nam Province: Dien Ban and Nui Thanh districts


Specific Objective 1: Rehabilitation services for people with disabilities are improved

1.1. Capacity of rehabilitation service providers (at district and commune level) and of family members of people with disability to make assistive devices at home is strengthened

1.2. People with disability received rehabilitation services improved their functional performance

Specific Objective 2: Home-based care services for persons with disabilities are improved

2.1. Improved home-based care capacity for community network and family members of people with disabilities

2.2. Increased number of people with disabilities received home-based care services