Heartbeat Vietnam Outreach Clinics

A doctor from Hoan My Hospital in Phu Nhuan, Ho Chi Minh City examines a little girl in the rural Tay Ninh province of Vietnam in June 2014.

A doctor from Hoan My Hospital in Phu Nhuan, Ho Chi Minh City examines a little girl in the rural Tay Ninh province of Vietnam in June 2014.

 
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Health care often must travel to reach the sick, especially to those who are disadvantaged and living in remote areas, isolated from the most basic services.

In 2007 VinaCapital Foundation created a program of mobile medical outreach clinics to provide free health care to children in the nation’s provinces. At each clinic, hundreds of poor children are examined and diagnosed by the country’s top cardiologists and surgeons from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Da Nang, without having to leave their home province. The clinics increase early detection of heart defects in children and train provincial doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of these children.

Since 2007, VCF has partnered with 18 of Vietnam’s hospitals to conduct 176 outreach clinics in which the nation’s top cardiologists provide free care to hundreds of children, including diagnostic testing, treatment, placement on the cardiac surgery waiting list if required, and post-operative checkups.

DSC_3141Now over 36,000 children from rural provinces, remote from the city centers have been checked — all with the goal of identifying children suffering from congenital heart disease who cannot afford the cost of an open-heart surgery or intervention, even with help from insurance and the assistance of provincial authorities.

As of today, over 7,185 children have been found with congenital heart defects during our clinics and 5,313 have been referred for a heart procedure. 

 

FedEx Helps Make Heartbeat Vietnam Outreach Clinics Possible

One of our goals at VinaCapital Foundation is to identify, diagnose, and treat children with congenital heart defects at the earliest age possible, when the health effects are not as dire and the condition can often be treated with closed-heart surgery.

FedEx volunteers assist in distributing care packages to children during outreach clinic.

FedEx volunteers assist in distributing care packages to children during outreach clinic.

The FedEx Delivers Heartbeats mobile medical outreach clinics is a key component of our strategy, helping us deliver the care that these children desperately need.

In an effort to further reach children who have little to no access to transportation, we partnered with FedEx in 2011 to create FedEx Delivers Heartbeats, a greatly-expanded version of the outreach clinics that brings free health care to children deep into the rural areas by operating at both provincial and district hospital levels.

Since 2011, there have been 134 FedEx Delivers Heartbeats clinics in 34 provinces and 51 districts across Vietnam.

Since 2007, over 36,977 children have received free health care; out of that number nearly 5,313 children were found to have a congenital heart defect and required an operation.  The children needing corrective heart operations have been placed on the Heartbeat Vietnam surgery waiting list, which has an average time up to years between diagnosis and surgery.

Program Donors

FedEx, Cancham, International Women’s Club of Hanoi, Medical Professionals, Olympus, VinaCapital Group.

How You Can Help

Support your own outreach clinic to a province of your choice:

  • Vietnam Mekong Delta  $1,400
  • Central region $1,500
  • Far northern region $1,700