Each story of a rescued little life is a great source of motivation for VinaCapital Foundation’s Survive to Thrive program to continue our journey of bringing essential neonatal equipment to medical centers in remote and underserved areas.

In early 2024, the medical equipment provided by VinaCapital Foundation’s Survive to Thrive program at Sin Ho District Medical Center in Lai Chau province continued to create remarkable healing stories, helping baby girl Vu Thi Hoa regain her healthy breath. Hoa, a 2-month-old baby girl from the H’Mong ethnic minority, was admitted to the hospital in critical condition, experiencing pallor and difficulty breathing. Two days prior, she had begun showing symptoms of fever, cough, and wheezing. Instead of seeking medical care, her parents relied on traditional healing practices of the H’Mong ethnic customs. It was only when the little girl’s condition worsened that the family hurriedly transported her over 33km of challenging mountainous roads to the Sin Ho District Medical Center, desperately seeking assistance from the doctors.

Upon admission, the baby was diagnosed by the doctors with pneumonia leading to severe respiratory failure with a high risk of mortality. She was immediately treated, and among the treatments, the CPAP breathing machine provided by the Survive to Thrive program to Sin Ho District Medical Center promptly supplied oxygen to prevent life-threatening situations. With the dedicated care of the doctors and the support of essential neonatal medical equipment, the child’s respiratory failure condition gradually improved. After just three days of intensive treatment, the child was healthy enough to go home.

Vu Thi Hoa is one of the many newborns in the community of ethnic minorities, who make up over 86% of the population in Lai Chau province. According to outdated beliefs, the majority of families from ethnic minority groups give birth and treat illnesses at home, and only take their children to the hospital when the condition worsens. This poses a significant challenge in providing healthcare for premature infants and newborns in mountainous districts in Lai Chau, as well as the broader Northwest region.

To alleviate the burden on local healthcare facilities, VinaCapital Foundation’s Survive to Thrive program, along with generous donors, has donated essential neonatal medical equipment and conducted training sessions to enhance the capacity of caring for newborns in rural healthcare units in Vietnam. Since its establishment, the program’s efforts have helped over 42,000 premature infants and newborns receive timely treatment. However, there are still many places and lives in need of support, so the journey of Survive to Thrive is long and requires the collective efforts of compassionate hearts to provide a healthy start for these little ones.

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