International Symposium for Cardiac and Pediatric Care

Interactive telemedicine education training series in collaboration with the World Heart Foundation and the World Bank Global Development Learning Network.

VinaCapital Foundation conceived of this innovative program to increase capacity for cardiac care in Vietnam in 2008. However when we were planning, we realized the program, by utilizing the World Bank Global Development Learning Network, could be broadcast to other countries in the region, and by utilizing the capacity for webcast, to anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

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In December 2008 the program was accepted as a “Clinton Global Initiative” and praised by former President Clinton during a Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Hong Kong as a model health program “which should be replicated” across the world.


International Symposium for Cardiac Care Teleconference Lecture

VinaCapital Foundation implements the program, but this program could not be possible without our partners:

  • The World Heart Foundation (WHF) an association of the world’s best cardio-thoracic surgeons and non-profit affiliates working to improve access to cardiac care around the world.
  • The World Bank Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) a group of over 120 state-of-the-art video conference centers in developing countries provides the technology for the program.

This regional program links surgeons and doctors involved in cardiac care in developing countries with the world’s best in cardio-thoracic surgery, cardiology, and pediatric cardiac care during the series of symposia.

The telemedicine series allows doctors from all over Vietnam to congregate in teleconferencing centers in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Danang, and Hue for a series of lectures by exemplary leaders in the field of cardio-thoracic surgery. The lectures are interactive, enabling participants to ask questions after the presentation. The question and answer period is extended and very interesting for both sides. The participants on the webcast can ask questions during the broadcast via email.

Learning centers in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Ukraine, and Bangladesh also connect interactively. VCF is very grateful for the World Bank Global Development Center in Hanoi and the team there that coordinates the technical hookup of the lectures via the World Bank Center in Tokyo.

Simultaneous translation is available through headsets and the lectures and Q&A sessions are recorded. The sessions are also available as free live webcasts and surgeons anywhere in the world can participate. The lectures are then compiled by VCF into a DVD learning series and distributed to surgical programs in developing countries around the world.

Each session will reach over 150 doctors in Vietnam and over 200 doctors regionally, plus an unlimited number in other countries through the webcasts, recordings, and downloads. Corporate sponsors will receive branding recognition for their sponsorship in the program, including on the invitation, during each broadcast’s opening remarks of the session, on screen during the reception and coffee breaks, and on the permanent recordings.

Program Accomplishments

VinaCapital Foundation has produced 32 Cardiac Care symposia since 2008 including 17 in Cardiac Surgery, 3 in Cardiology, and 11 in Critical Care. In 2011 the foundation began a series in Neonatal Care.

Program Impact

To date, VCF has presented 38 Symposia in this series including 17 on cardiac surgery, 3 on cardiology topics and an 11 session series on Pediatric Critical Care from Boston Children’s Hospital and 7 in Neonatal Care from the Newborn Care Team led by Steven Ringer at Harvard Medical School. Over 3,000 doctors have attended the broadcasts in interactive centers or signed into the webcast. This translates to over 6,200,000 patient beneficiaries.

How You Can Help

A USD$7,000 donation will cover the expenses of one session in Vietnam and Asia. Corporate sponsors will receive branding recognition for their sponsorship in the program, including on the invitation, during each broadcast’s opening remarks of the session, on screen during the reception and coffee breaks, and on the permanent recordings.

A major sponsor paying USD$70,000 will support a year of broadcasts and receive significant publicity for the partnership with VCF.