The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs on Sept. 7 launched a three-year project to build capacity for social-work students and State social workers.

The 200,000 USD - project funded by the international Atlantic Philanthropies is being carried out by the ministry's Department of Social Protection with technical support from the global health and development organisation Family Health International (FHI) 360.

The project was initiated in response to the National Programme on Development of Social Work Profession for the 2010-20 period, said Nguyen Van Hoi, deputy director of the department.

Core staff from the Social Work Faculty of University of Labour and Social Affairs and provincial departments of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in 10 selected provinces and cities, would be trained to provide professional case management services for drug users, Hoi said.

HCM City, Hanoi, Hai Phong and Da Nang and Quang Ninh, Thanh Hoa, Khanh Hoa, Thua Thien Hue, Long An and Dong Nai provinces have been selected for the project./.