On January 17, 2023, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Ho Chi Minh City and VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) provide 9 pieces of essential neonatal equipment and a 1-day intensive training in neonatal emergency resuscitation for doctors and nurses at Son Tay Medical Center in Quang Ngai province. The donation valued at 16,250 Euros, equivalent to 380,000,000 VND, is distributed through the “Survive to Thrive” program of VCF to improve the capacity of the district-level medical system in Quang Ngai province and reduce infant and maternal mortality in ethnic minority communities of Central Vietnam.

The donation handover ceremony is pleased to welcome Mr. Nguyen Hoang Hai – Deputy Director of Quang Ngai Department of Health; Mr. Nguyen Van Thanh – Deputy Director of Quang Ngai Department of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Nguyen Huyen – Officer of Quang Ngai Fatherland Front Committee; Ms. Tina Spicher – German Deputy Consul General in HCMC; and Mr. Rad Kivette – CEO of VinaCapital Foundation.

On 10 October 2022 at the office of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in HCMC, Dr.. Josefine Wallat – Consul General of Germany in HCMC, and Mr. Rad Kivette – CEO of VCF signed a grant agreement to provide 9 pieces of neonatal equipment and training for 1 remote medical center in Quang Ngai. The medical equipment includes 1 continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, 2 phototherapies, 1 infusion pump, 1 infant warmer, 1 bedside 5-parameter patient monitor, and 3 sets of intubation. At the end of October 2022, VCF organized a 1-day of intensive neonatal emergency training for doctors, nurses, and other medical staff of Son Tay Medical Center.

Son Tay is a remote mountainous district of Quang Ngai province with more than 92% of the population from ethnic minority groups. The remote location makes Son Tay one of the poorest districts of the province, creating countless difficulties and challenges for socio-economic development, especially in the healthcare system. The lack of essential neonatal medical equipment that works in rural district medical centers is one of the leading causes of infant mortality and increases hospital overcrowding because of the unnecessary referrals to distant higher-level hospitals. Combined with remote geographical challenges, poverty, and limited access to quality care, mortality rates for infants and mothers will remain 2 to 4 times the national average. With the provision of essential neonatal equipment accompanied by thorough knowledge and skills training, doctors and nurses of Son Tay Medical Center will be able to deliver quality health care and emergency treatment to infants and mothers, giving babies the best start to life.

Ms. Tina Spicher, German Deputy Consul General in HCMC shares: “I am thrilled that the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ho Chi Minh City was able to team up with VinaCapital Foundation for a topic of utmost importance. As a mother of two toddlers, I know how important adequate medical care for mother and baby in the first days and weeks after delivery is. I am glad that our contribution helps to improve the medical infrastructure in Son Tay district and I hope that it will support many mothers and babies in the future.”

“We are honored to partner with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in HCMC to provide quality healthcare improvements for vulnerable, disadvantaged, and underserved communities,” states Rad Kivette, CEO of VinaCapital Foundation. “This meaningful assistance from the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in HCMC, for which we are very grateful, opens up new opportunities for cooperation and strengthens the strategic relationship between Vietnam and Germany. I hope this handover will be a solid start for a long and trusted partnership between Germany and VCF. We share the same commitment to protecting thousands of children and families from preventable deaths and providing those benefits for generations to come.”

The VCF’s Survive to Thrive program aims to reduce infant mortality in all of Vietnam, especially in the underserved provinces through the provision of critically needed neonatal equipment and training. During the past 13 years, the Survive to Thrive program has donated 353 pieces of medical equipment to 11 provinces, helping to treat and save the lives of 123,962 children in Vietnam.

VCF has a long history of cooperation and support in Quang Ngai province. By 2022, VCF has implemented 5 out of 7 major portfolio programs in Quang Ngai province, helping to improve the medical capacity of the health care system and the quality of life of local people. Within the Survive to Thrive framework, VCF has supported the provision of essential medical equipment to 2 hospitals and 1 medical center in Quang Ngai. This includes training in neonatal emergency resuscitation for doctors and nurses in 3 remote medical centers of the province. In 2023, VCF will continue to sponsor 19 crucial pieces of medical equipment for 2 medical centers in Tra Bong and Ly Son districts together with training for the medical staff in Ly Son.

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