CCISD - PIERRE VIENS AWARD 2017: Organizations from Vietnam and Benin Stand Out

They had previously agreed to pick only one organization this year. However, due to the high quality of applications, the members of the jury for the second edition of the CCISD – Pierre Viens Award felt they had no other choice but to allocate two prizes: one to the Thanh Tam Disabled Children’s Centre (Vietnam) and the other to the Boussole de la Cité organization (Benin).

These recipients, organizations that host interns from Laval University's Faculty of Medicine or Faculty of Nursing, will receive CA $12,000 and $8,000 to carry out projects of special interest to them, with the goal of improving the health of local populations.

Even though they cover very distinct geographic zones, the winning organizations have things in common. On one hand, they both aim to strengthen the capacities of the members of their respective communities in order to help them have greater autonomy, as well as a productive life. On the other hand, they apply a holistic approach, based on a multisectorial understanding of human well-being.

The Thanh Tam Disabled Children’s Centre (TTDCC)

The TTDCC is a treatment and education centre that ensures special needs children, adolescents and young adults, aged 3 to 25, in the Da Nang City region and the province of Quang Nam (South Central Coast of Vietnam) are cared for. While offering services such as early screening and intervention, rehabilitation, education and professional training, the Centre assists people living with hearing, intellectual or cerebral motor impairments, and their family, in developing the capacities and resources that may help them increase their self-sufficiency and provide them with be best future possible.

With the $12,000 they have been awarded, the TTDCC managers wish to implement a community-based physical and functional rehabilitation project that will contribute to:

  • Taking care of 123 children aged 0 to 6 showing developmental challenges related to a motor or hearing disability.
  • Supporting these children’s families in creating healthy and stimulating environments, and providing them with the guidance and tools they need to help their child develop a positive sense of identity.
  • Implementing, in the community, an awareness-raising and prevention campaign aimed at improving collaboration between community leaders, children living with disabilities and their families, as well as other concerned citizens, in the hope of providing disabled children equal opportunities.

Boussole de la Cité Organization (BC-ONG)

BC-ONG’s mission is to mobilize the local population, in particular young people, women and community-based groups, in an effort to support development activities in the areas of good governance, education, communication, health, environment and the promotion of income-generating activities. With regard to health, BC-ONG provides assistance to a network of 7 health facilities and 5 clinics located in the Sô-Ava rural community (South of Benin) and carries out awareness-raising activities on maternal and child health.

The CCISD – Pierre Viens Award grant will be used to support the maternity wards of three health facilities and to contribute improving the community members’ knowledge on various health issues. More specifically, the BC-ONG Project aims to:

  • Produce interactive radio programs in the local language (toffin) on themes such as maternal and child health; water, sanitation and hygiene; malaria and how to prevent and treat it, etc.
  • Provide the maternity wards of three remote villages with the appropriate equipment for improved services provided to the population, especially to pregnant women and newborns.


The CCISD – Pierre Viens Award is an initiative from CCISD that aims to recognize the contribution towards the improvement of populations’ health by not-for-profit organization and public health facilities hosting interns from Laval University’s Faculty of Medicine or Faculty of Nursing. Currently in its second year, this five-year program will award a total of CA $20,000 each year.

For more information on the winners of the 2017 CCISD – Pierre Viens Award, visit the following websites:


Photo (TTDCC): A physical readaptation session at the Thanh Tam Disabled Children’s Centre.