What we do

Overview

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.

The program’s main components are:

  • Certifying doctors and nurses in Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) nationwide. 
  • Donating pediatric crash carts, tools and neonatal care equipment to hospitals.
  • Training doctors and nurses on crash cart and neonatal equipment usage.
  • Maintaining and repairing the donated equipment at hospitals while tracking impact results.

In Vietnam, forty thousand children a year die needlessly due to emergencies where access to quality care is limited by distance, lack of skills or equipment. Neonatal mortality in Vietnam accounts for more than 50% of all deaths in children under five. The infant mortality rate in Viet Nam is 13.9 deaths per 1,000 live births, which means of every 1,000 babies born, 13.9 babies die before their first birthday. These deaths could be prevented if medical staff were properly trained to diagnose and equipped to treat life-threatening issues like child pregnancy, difficult childbirths, and provide urgent post-natal care. 

Most low-income families live in rural areas and face expensive and difficult journeys to medical facilities to seek quality healthcare for their children. The lack of resources and accessibility means that millions of rural children often do not receive the level of care required, hence increased mortality, morbidity and generational poverty. The high risks associated with the transfer of medical patients in Vietnam, due to lack of mobile equipment and trained staff, are another major contributor to high pediatric mortality. Reducing the need to transfer these critically ill children by providing life-saving equipment closer to home is a priority for the Ministry of Health and STT/CR.

This program provides the missing pieces that assure fast response for a child in respiratory, cardiac arrest or childbirth, the training for healthcare workers to handle pediatric emergency situations and basic equipment that ensures every child a chance to be healthy.

Our Impacts

Our Achievements since inception

Since its inception to April 2022, the program has

  • 123636 beneficiaries from neonatal care equipment
  • 127236 beneficiaries from crash carts and medical equipment
  • 1573 healthcare professionals trained
  • 186 crash cart donated
  • 525 pieces of critical medical equipment donated
  • 141 commune health centers and hospitals supported
How we implement

How does the program operate?

The program utilizes its close grassroots communications and frequent field visits to local and provincial hospitals to study and evaluate equipment and training needs. Assessments are evaluated to determine the priorities in the most vulnerable communities. Official mortality rates of each province are considered when assessing priority provinces, as well as donors’ particular interests and requests to provide assistance in a specific geographical area.

The APLS course is designed to deliver intensive education/training over a short period of time. A variety of training methods including lectures, workshops, skills stations and clinical scenarios are utilized. Our national partners are the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital; all programs and activities are approved at the highest levels and consistent with the laws of Vietnam and MOH’s plans and goals.

A highlight story of a beneficiary

How an essential little piece of equipment can save little lives

Baby Ho Thi Tinh was born on July 24, 2020, in Ninh Thuan province. Four days later, she was transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of Children’s Hospital 2, HCMC as Tinh was diagnosed with newborn respiratory distress syndromes (RDS).

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How an essential little piece of equipment can save little lives
How an essential little piece of equipment can save little lives
How you can help?

Fund life-saving equipment and training that will save lives 24 hours a day, every day.

1,808 USD - 7,408 USD

for a fully-stocked pediatric crash cart.

25,745 USD

for a ventilator

8,489 USD

for a incubator

3,719 USD

for a infant warmer

3,480 USD

for a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)

2,480 USD

for a phototherapy

1,002 USD

for a infusion pump

906 USD

for a injection pump

2,707 USD

for a Pulse oximeter

4,532 USD

for a Monitor

217 USD

for an Intubation kit

4,000 USD

for 2-3 days of training for 25 participants in neonatal resuscitation and stabilization procedures for neonates and premature babies

9,920 USD

for a trainer course (TOT) in Hanoi/HCMC for Vietnamese instructor. These trainers will train others to save babies from their first breath.

$5,828 USD - $7,647 USD

to fund a 2-days APLS course: which requires 8 trainers to train 32 doctors and nurses to ensure intensive hands-on skills training, testing, and certification.

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