We understand that numbers are important. They give us a different perspective on our efforts; help us to see the forest from the trees and visualize our work at a national level.
Its important not to forget that these results reflect people. The reality is we’re not fighting for numbers. A number does not have a story, a dream, or a need. A child does. And that’s who we’re really fighting for.
Since 2006, Heartbeat Vietnam has provided life-saving surgeries for over 5,000 very poor children and assisted 407 families with 288 family grants for nutrition and transportation and 119 continuing care grants for at risk children.
Since 2007, Outreach Clinics for Cardiac Care have seen 69,000 children in 133 districts and 39 provinces offering free diagnosis including 38,523 cardiac ultrasounds, 2,131 post operative checkups and counseling finding 8,317 children suffered with CHD and 6,049 children who need heart surgery, most who had never been diagnosed.
Since 2007, Instruments in Hand has donated 3,506 pieces of capacity building equipment to hospitals in Vietnam with a value of over $820,000
Since 2008, The International Symposia for Cardiac Care and Neonatal Care included 40 interactive tele-medical-education Symposia to 6,574 doctors and nurses in 9 sites all over Asia, and broadcast worldwide with as many as 60 sites signed in to the webcast. The sessions were in Cardiac Surgery (17 sessions), Cardiology (3), Intensive Care (12) and Neonatal Care (8).
Since 2009, Critical Response Emergency Care Program trained and certified 730 doctors and 226 nurses and 46 trainers from 265 hospitals and 109 Commune Health Centers in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and donated 127 life-saving crash carts to emergency rooms and intensive care units in 85 hospitals and 5 Commune Health Centers. These crash carts are saving an average of 2 children per week.
Since 2010, Survive to Thrive, has built neonatal capacity with upgrades and renovations to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Da Nang Women and Children’s Hospital and 42 pieces of life-saving equipment valued at $193,960. The unit is now a regional referral site for 5 provinces and neonatal mortality has decreased from 6.2 in 2012 to 6 per 1000 live births in 2015. Up to 2016, with generous supports from Toyota, DAP, Exxon Mobil, Julie Ferne Memorial Trust, the program has expanded and donated 6 ventilators, 13 phototheraphies, 14 NCAP, 41 injection pump and infusion pumps to NICU of hosptials such as Children Hospital Number 2, Khanh Hoa hospital in Nha Trang, Quang Nam Pediatric hospital, district hospitals in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai, district hospitals in Ha Giang province.
Since 2010, A Brighter Path has mentored and supported disadvantaged ethnic minority girls with a unique 7 year scholarship and mentoring program. All 47 girls were accepted into college or university. In 2016, a majority of the girls have graduated and begun internships and full time work. Others in longer degrees are in their final years, or begining post-graduate degree. In September 2014 we began a new phase of the program, funding an additional 28 ethnic minority students in a four year university scholarship and mentoring program.
Since 2012, VCF has begun to build capacity for Surgery for Tumors that plague children in Vietnam. In 2014 a leading international expert travelled to Vietnam on his third training mission teaching local surgeons by providing advice and guidance on ongoing cases as well as conducting teaching surgeries on 12 urgent and critical cases with local surgeons assisting. These operations were viewed by other surgeons from the region for teaching purposes and they were recorded and distributed to hospitals across Vietnam.
In January 2013, VCF started Heartbeat Myanmar to help train up cardiac care teams to start saving children in Myanmar. Phase one was completed including assessment trip, first training trip with the 8 member heart team from Yankin Children’s Hospital in Yangon coming to Vietnam for one month to train with advanced Vietnamese teams.
In January 2013, VCF started the Lotus Impact Investment Fund to invest in social impact in South East Asia.
In February 2015, VCF has began a pilot mentoring program for 76 disadvantaged second-year medical students at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy with a participation of 42 upper-class student tutors and 15 faculty mentors.
Since 2007, VCF has raised over $8 Million USD for programs for children in Vietnam and Myanmar.