What we do

Overview

Founded in 2006, Heartbeat Vietnam funds life-saving heart operations for financially disadvantaged children with congenital heart defects (CHD) in Vietnam.

The program also provides the cost of pre-treatment and post-operative care for the heart children, including nutrition support, travel fees, health check-ups as well as scholarships so they can remain in school.
Congenital heart defects are the most common congenital disorder in newborns. Around 8-10 children out of 1000 live births are born with CHDs per year. Approximately, 16,000 children are born every year in Vietnam with CHDs and only half require treatments in cardiovascular hospitals. 25% of babies born with a complex CHD will not see their 1st birthday without corrective surgery.
Without prompt surgery or intervention, these children will suffer from poor quality of life and inadequate mental and physical development. Many children are never diagnosed and many will die waiting for help. Without treatment, 85% will perish before their 18th birthday.

Chronic diseases don’t observe the boundaries of geography or economics, but the treatments often do. In Vietnam, where many families earn only a few dollars per day, specialized pediatric health care is beyond their grasp. Many children with CHD are from families with low or unstable incomes in disadvantaged areas with little access to quality healthcare. It is important to support the child so that insurmountable financial and emotional burdens can be lifted off the entire household. Once the child is well; their caregivers, mostly mothers and sisters, can get an education and find jobs, and the family can become economically independent to thrive towards a better future.
With matching funds from provincial government organizations and insurance coverage, the cost for a donor to cover a child’s heart surgery through Heartbeat Vietnam is just 1,200 USD, one-third of the average total cost of the operation, 3,600 USD.

Our Impacts

Our Achievements since inception

From Inception until now, Heartbeat Vietnam has provided:

  • 9601 Children with congenital heart defects
  • 865 Continuing Care
  • 728 Family Grants
  • 237 Scholarships
How we implement

How does the program operate?

FOR BENEFICIARIES:

To apply for surgery sponsorship from Heartbeat Vietnam, please fill in the form here and send it to the Social Work Department in the hospital your child is treating. Or send us via post office to VinaCapital Foundation office – 14E21 Thao Dien, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh city.

After receiving the application, Heartbeat Vietnam reviews eligibility and then contacts the family to proceed to the next steps.

 

FOR DONORS:

When receiving donations, Heartbeat Vietnam will confirm the contribution and issue a Receipt / Thank you letter to acknowledge the donor’s support via email/post office.

If the donor’s contribution is sufficient to save 1 child and more, Heartbeat Vietnam will assign each young beneficiary to a specific donor and provide the donor the biographical information including photos and detailed family history, diagnosis and total estimated cost. HBVN shall arrange hospital visits with donors if requested.

A HIGHLIGHT STORY OF A BENEFICIARY

Mai Hoa and her family’s transformation

After the COVID situation eased off, contributions from Heartbeat Vietnam’s benevolent donors provided Mai Hoa with the operation she desperately needed. Half a year after the open-heart surgery, this precious little girl is on a complete recovery post-operation with encouraging regular checkups.

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The boy with congenital heart defects celebrates his 16th birthday with a healthy heart

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The determined boy Dinh Tien and his 3 serious heart surgeries

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The journey to bring a premature baby with congenital heart defects home

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The baby with a bilateral cleft lip and a series of complex congenital heart defects in Tien Giang

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The little girl with congenital heart defects and the journey to reach her dream

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The 8-year journey from a child with congenital heart defects to an excellent schoolgirl

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A Tay girl who dreams of becoming a diplomat

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14 years and 3 heart surgeries saved Vinh Long boy’s life

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Brave Little Hearts – Minh An’s Father Never Stops Fighting to Save His Heart

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Save the hearts of twins Bao Chau and Ngoc Chau

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Stories From The Brave Little Hearts – Mend The Heart for K’Thinh, a Poor K’Ho Ethnic Baby

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Stories From The Brave Little Hearts – Trieu Huy – 3 Year Old Boy With 2 deep Surgical Scars and His Brave Fisherman Father

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Stories From the Brave Little Hearts – 3 Scars of Life of Baby Cong Hieu

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Stories From the Brave Little Hearts – Bich Quynh, a Couragous Girl With Her Heart On The Right Side

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Stories From the Brave Little Hearts: The gift that keeps on giving

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The Brave Little Hearts – Nha Ca and her 3 heart surgeries

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The Brave Little Hearts – The little girl who never loses her optimism

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Mai Hoa and her family’s transformation
Mai Hoa and her family’s transformation
The boy with congenital heart defects celebrates his 16th birthday with a healthy heart
The boy with congenital heart defects celebrates his 16th birthday with a healthy heart
The determined boy Dinh Tien and his 3 serious heart surgeries
The determined boy Dinh Tien and his 3 serious heart surgeries
The journey to bring a premature baby with congenital heart defects home
The journey to bring a premature baby with congenital heart defects home
The baby with a bilateral cleft lip and a series of complex congenital heart defects in Tien Giang
The baby with a bilateral cleft lip and a series of complex congenital heart defects in Tien Giang
The little girl with congenital heart defects and the journey to reach her dream
The little girl with congenital heart defects and the journey to reach her dream
The 8-year journey from a child with congenital heart defects to an excellent schoolgirl
The 8-year journey from a child with congenital heart defects to an excellent schoolgirl
A Tay girl who dreams of becoming a diplomat
A Tay girl who dreams of becoming a diplomat
14 years and 3 heart surgeries saved Vinh Long boy’s life
14 years and 3 heart surgeries saved Vinh Long boy’s life
Brave Little Hearts – Minh An’s Father Never Stops Fighting to Save His Heart
Brave Little Hearts – Minh An’s Father Never Stops Fighting to Save His Heart
Save the hearts of twins Bao Chau and Ngoc Chau
Save the hearts of twins Bao Chau and Ngoc Chau
Stories From The Brave Little Hearts – Mend The Heart for K’Thinh, a Poor K’Ho Ethnic Baby
Stories From The Brave Little Hearts – Mend The Heart for K’Thinh, a Poor K’Ho Ethnic Baby
Stories From The Brave Little Hearts – Trieu Huy – 3 Year Old Boy With 2 deep Surgical Scars and His Brave Fisherman Father
Stories From The Brave Little Hearts – Trieu Huy – 3 Year Old Boy With 2 deep Surgical Scars and His Brave Fisherman Father
Stories From the Brave Little Hearts – 3 Scars of Life of Baby Cong Hieu
Stories From the Brave Little Hearts – 3 Scars of Life of Baby Cong Hieu
Stories From the Brave Little Hearts – Bich Quynh, a Couragous Girl With Her Heart On The Right Side
Stories From the Brave Little Hearts – Bich Quynh, a Couragous Girl With Her Heart On The Right Side
Stories From the Brave Little Hearts: The gift that keeps on giving
Stories From the Brave Little Hearts: The gift that keeps on giving
The Brave Little Hearts – Nha Ca and her 3 heart surgeries
The Brave Little Hearts – Nha Ca and her 3 heart surgeries
The Brave Little Hearts – The little girl who never loses her optimism
The Brave Little Hearts – The little girl who never loses her optimism
How you can help

Every contribution, no matter big or small, plays a crucial part in saving the lives of children with congenital heart defects, empowering their mothers and improving their family's future.

1,200 USD

You can save a child's life.

150 - 300 USD

You can provide a Family Grant to cover nutrition, travel, and medical costs associated with their child’s heart operation.

65 - 390 USD

You can provide a Continuing Care grant to cover medicine and nutrition or cover a partial school fee for a heart child after surgery.

150 - 250 USD

You can provide a Scholarship so a heart child can continue going to school.

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