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VinaCapital & VinaCapital Foundation improving pediatric medical capacity

Released at: 08:24, 07/07/2019

VinaCapital & VinaCapital Foundation improving pediatric medical capacity

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Fund and foundation sponsor mountainous areas in providing better healthcare for children.

by Khanh Chi

VinaCapital and the VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) have announced a donation of $99,000 to northern Cao Bang and Bac Kan provinces, to assist their ongoing efforts to provide better healthcare for children.

The donation is to be implemented through VCF’s Critical Response and Survive to Thrive programs, which are conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Health. It is also part of VinaCapital and VCF’s commitment to expand the program in northern mountainous provinces in Vietnam, after a donation to Son La province was implemented successfully in 2018.

Handover ceremonies were held in Cao Bang city and Bac Kan city on July 3 and 4, respectively. VCF presented the Cao Bang General Hospital with one ventilator, two continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, two phototherapy machines, two peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SPO2) machines, and two intubation tubes. Bac Kan General Hospital and eight other district hospitals, meanwhile, received ten crash carts, one phototherapy machine, one infant warmer, and one electrocardiography (ECG) machine. The equipment will be used immediately to improve the quality of medical services for local people, especially children, in life-threatening cases such as drownings, electric shocks, other accidents, and diseases.

As part of the donation, last May the VCF and the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital hosted a training course for 31 doctors and nurses in Bac Kan province to practice using and maintaining this equipment. More importantly, they underwent Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) training, which originated in the UK and has gained worldwide acclaim. APLS training focuses on a quick and synchronous response to an urgent situation so a child can receive the best treatment.

VCF’s Critical Response program began in 2009 and focuses on improving pediatric care and reducing mortality among Vietnamese children under five years of age. In 2015, VCF partnered with the Ministry of Health to expand the program to other northern mountainous provinces and provide APLS courses nationwide.

VCF’s figures show that the Critical Response program is extremely effective. With each donated crash cart, doctors can save an additional two children each week. The life-saving crash carts allow children to overcome the most fragile moments of their lives and underprivileged families to receive quality healthcare.

“I believe the best investment that VinaCapital and I have made is to help Vietnamese children live healthier lives and receive better access to education,” said Mr. Don Lam, CEO of VinaCapital and founder of the VCF. “These efforts are supporting the future of our country and are part of VinaCapital’s responsibility towards Vietnam.”

According to the General Statistics Office, the mortality rate for children under five years old was about 21 per 1,000 births in 2018 (the rate in high-income countries was five per 1,000 births in 2016, according to the World Health Organization). The risk of losing young lives is significantly higher in rural and mountainous areas. Two-thirds of Vietnam’s population are concentrated in these areas, including most ethnic minorities. Rural and mountainous communities are struggling to thrive economically, and equipment to save children in emergencies is urgently needed.

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