The Ho Chi Minh City Youth Union, District 8 Youth Union, and City Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with the VinaCapital Foundation (VCF), organized a free health examination for over 1,000 underprivileged children from District 8 on November 18 and 19. This initiative, organized as part of the Care to Rise program, aimed to offer support, healthcare services, and educational assistance to children impacted by COVID-19, as well as those from families of laborers and workers experiencing financial difficulties in Ho Chi Minh City.    

The medical examinations were conducted meticulously and scientifically, encompassing various aspects of children’s health, such as general health assessment, visual assessment, otorhinolaryngology examination, dental examination, musculoskeletal examination, and psychological health assessment. The City Children’s Hospital provides support in maintaining their medical records for long-term monitoring. If any physical or mental issues were detected, the Care to Rise program covered the treatment expenses at the hospital. This approach has garnered significant recognition from the HCMC Youth Union throughout the Care to Rise program, benefiting over 4,000 children in need, including those orphaned by COVID-19 and children from financially disadvantaged families.

Ms. Tran Thu Ha, Deputy Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Union, stated, “The HCMC Youth Union always prioritizes caring for children in the city, especially those from disadvantaged families. District 8 has a significant number of children from families of laborers who have experienced losses due to the pandemic. These children have essential needs for healthcare, both physically and psychologically, as well as educational support. We are delighted to have the support of various government departments, the District 8 Youth Union, and the City Children’s Hospital in organizing health check-ups and other supportive activities for the children in District 8, and in Ho Chi Minh City as a whole.”

Mr. Rad Kivette, CEO of VinaCapital Foundation, emphasized, “Ensuring the rights and development of children, especially disadvantaged children, is always the top priority for VCF. We would like to express our gratitude to government agencies, the HCMC Youth Union, partners, and sponsors for their unwavering trust in VCF and their ongoing support in delivering the best possible lives and futures for these young children. VCF is committed to providing better healthcare and educational support for disadvantaged children in Vietnam, ensuring that no child is left behind.”

The HCMC Youth Union, District 8 Youth Union, and VinaCapital Foundation would like to express our gratitude to the sponsors Pebsteel Vietnam, Ocany, XM TP Global, Mega Market, VinaCapital Group, Nu Skin Vietnam, the volunteers from GeoComply, Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, the Social Work Team from Ton Duc Thang University, the volunteer student group from ABC International School, the members of the youth unions, Ms. Lydie Vu, and numerous other organizations and individuals who have contributed to making this program a reality.

The Care to Rise program, a collaboration between VinaCapital Foundation and the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Union, supports, protects, and empowers over 2,300 orphans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Ho Chi Minh City since November 2021. The Care to Rise program is divided into 3 phases with sufficient support for the children in each period of time. Phase 1 completed detailed surveys for individual assessment. Phase 2 with remedial assistance was implemented in 2022. The long-term care with health and education services, Phase 3, will carry the program benefits until the children reaches adulthood.

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