The Australian Consulate-General and VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) attended a ceremony on April 2 with the leadership of Khanh Hoa General Hospital in Nha Trang to hand over critically needed medical equipment to the hospital.
The gifts of one pediatric ventilator and 17 injection pumps are vital equipment additions to the hospital’s new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This equipment will allow Khanh Hoa General Hospital to provide critical care to infants and children in need of hospital-based life support systems as the regional referral center for 7 provinces. The pumps and ventilator will save 1 to 3 children’s lives every week. The increase in capacity will play a significant role in the continuing efforts to reduce mortality for children in Khanh Hoa and adjacent provinces.
This gift to Khanh Hoa General Hospital is part of VCF’s nationwide Survive to Thrive medical equipment provision program and this gift is funded by the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP). In 2014-15 DAP awarded grants to 22 projects in Vietnam in a wide range of sectors from community healthcare to small-scale infrastructure projects. Australian Consul General, Mr John McAnulty, says of DAP and the gift to Khanh Hoa General Hospital, ‘The Australian Consulate-General is very pleased to continue our cooperation with VCF to improve the quality of life for low-income and disadvantaged communities in Vietnam. We are proud to support this vital project, the largest we have ever funded at VND988 million (AUD$58,427), to ensure that local children have access to the medical facilities and care required to lead strong, healthy, happy lives’.
VCF has a longstanding commitment to improving capacity at Khanh Hoa General Hospital and has worked with the Australian Consulate-General in previous years to improve the quality of health care for children in the south central region. “It is an honor for VCF to be working with the people and Government of Australia once again saving the lives of impoverished Vietnamese children. The DAP assistance is greatly needed and appreciated,” states VCF CEO, Robin King Austin. “We are also very pleased to be assisting our good friends at Khanh Hoa General Hospital again also. They are dedicated to improving health care in the region and reducing child and infant mortality and morbidity and are our primary partner in regional capacity building.”