On the morning of October 10, 2022, at the office of the German Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, Ms. Josefine Wallet – Consul General of Germany in Ho Chi Minh City, and Mr. Rad Kivette – CEO of VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) signed a memorandum of understanding to fund VCF’s Survive to Thrive program. This partnership will help improve neonatal care in a rural hospital in Quang Ngai province.
With this grant, the German Consulate General in HCMC will sponsor 9 essential pieces of neonatal care equipment, including Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) ventilator, patient monitor, jaundice lamps, phototherapy, electric injection pumps, infusion pumps… with a total value of 380 million VND (equivalent to 16,250 Euro). These essential equipment will be donated to Son Tay District Health Center of Quang Ngai province, which aims to improve the facility’s capacity in neonatal emergencies, in order to reduce the infant mortality rate in this district.
Within the framework of the funding package, a neonatal emergency resuscitation training course will also be conducted in Quang Ngai with direct guidance from leading doctors of Da Nang Women and Children’s Hospital. This activity will improve the local newborn-resuscitation capacity, and maximize the medical competency to serve the local population in surrounding areas.
This meaningful donation will be implemented through the Survive to Thrive program of VinaCapital Foundation. The program provides pediatric emergency training and fully stocked emergency crash carts for pediatric resuscitation and cardio therapy for emergency departments, as well as neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) equipment and training for hospitals to reduce infant mortality and build capacity for neonatal care in regional centers and rural hospitals throughout Vietnam.
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