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5/13/2019 7:54:24 AM

Increasing living quality for Vietnamese youths

For the last 12 years, non-profit organisation VinaCapital Foundation (VCF)’s operations aim at increasing living quality for youths across Vietnam through healthcare and educational opportunities.

In recent years, despite of the growing life standards of the Vietnamese, there are still mountainous poor rural provinces that have to face many difficulties. With the goal of bettering the lives of underprivileged Vietnamese children through health and educational programs, VCF was established in 2006 as a U.S.-registered, non-profit, tax-deductible organisation, and was licensed as an international NGO in Vietnam.

The VinaCapital Foundation provides free heart check-up for over 4,000 children in Nghe An in January 2019. (Photo: VCF)

Among the foundation’s key programs are: A Brighter Path (which provides education, skills, and mentoring ethnic minority girls); Heartbeat Vietnam (which funds life-saving heart surgeries for children with congenital defects); Critical Response and Survive to Thrive (equipping clinics and hospitals with pediatric and neonatal care equipment, and staff with training).

VCF’s grassroots medical programs include Heartbeat Vietnam and Outreach Clinics - designed to locate disadvantaged children with congenital heart defects and other non-communicable diseases in even the remotest areas and provide access to quality healthcare.

Over the last year, 733 children were saved after having heart surgeries through Heartbeat Vietnam. With their new hearts, these children have the opportunities to enjoy childhood with more health. VCF successfully organized 14 fundraising events and received invaluable donations from organizations and individuals.

Outreach Clinics that reach into the remotest areas of Vietnam to provide free heart screening for children created the amazing results including 35,329 children examined; 71 mobile outreach clinics organized in 18 provinces, 41 districts and 324 cases diagnosed that need immediate heart surgeries.

Also, in 2018, VCF has became an official member of World Heart Federation. This is an international NGO based in Geneva, Switzerland, which leads initiatives to promote cardiovascular health across 100 countries.

As an official member of World Heart Federation, VCF has better opportunities to approach updated technology and meet with top notched professors in the cardiovascular field.

In September, 2018, 115 ethnic minority students from Cao Bang province received scholarships from The VinaCapital Foundation, Nam A Bank, and the Vu A Dinh Scholarship Fund. (Photo: VCF)

Launched in 2009, Critical Response is one of VCF’s most important programmes and seeks to help reduce the mortality rate of children under five and develop national standards for advance paediatric critical care.

Critical Response program transformed every district and provincial hospital in Cao Bang and Son La - 2 of the most impoverished provinces with poorest access to healthcare. Some 58 doctors and 69 nurses from 26 provincial and district hospitals were provided world class medical training. Moreover, 28 pediatric crash carts were donated. 6 water filtration systems were installed in hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Thap, Ninh Thuan, and Bac Kan provinces, providing more than 6,000 patients a day with clean safe water.

In 2018, VCF’s other programmes such as the Survive to Thrive program uplifted 11 Intensive Care Units (ICU) and 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in provincial and district hospitals in Quang Nam, Khanh Hoa, Kon Tum, and Son La with 90 pieces of critical equipment - CPAP machines, baby warmers, infusion pumps, photo therapy, and pulse oximeters.

Thanks to A Brighter Path program, 50 girls from ethnic minority groups across Vietnam – VCF’s second large class - had an extremely successful year in 2018. The girls had opportunities to gain new skills, knowledge, and inspiration in the annual Empowerment Meeting in Da Nang city and Hoi An. The program expanded with the outstanding support of H’Hen Nie, Miss Universe Vietnam, an E De ethnic girl from the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, awarding scholarships to 466 ethnic minority students in Dong Nai, Cao Bang, Dak Lak, and Da Nang./. 
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