On April 14th, 2023 in Quang Ngai province, VITA Clinic and VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) provide 19 pieces of essential neonatal medical equipment and a 1-day intensive training in neonatal emergency resuscitation for doctors and nurses at Tra Bong Medical Center in Quang Ngai province. The donation valued at 17,000 USD, equivalent to 401,030,000 VND, is distributed through the “Survive to Thrive” program. VCF will improve the medical capacity of the district-level medical system in Quang Ngai province and reduce infant and maternal mortality in the ethnic minority communities of Central Vietnam.

The donation handover ceremony is pleased to welcome Mr. Bui Duc Tho – Vice Chairman of Quang Ngai Fatherland Front Committee; Mrs. Dee Truong – CEO of VITA Clinic and her spouse Mr. Mike Hebert; and Mr. Rad Kivette – CEO of VinaCapital Foundation.

On 26 September 2022, VITA Clinic and VCF announced the partnership to empower and transform the lives of disadvantaged children in Vietnam. From September 2022 to August 2023, VITA Clinic will provide a sponsorship valued at 50,000 USD to 4 major programs of VinaCapital Foundation. This includes Heartbeat Vietnam, Grassroots Assistance, Survive to Thrive, and Care to Rise to support thousands of underprivileged children across Vietnam both financially and psychologically.

According to the agreement, VITA Clinic and VCF will provide 19 pieces of neonatal equipment and training for 1 remote medical center in Quang Ngai throughout Survive to Thrive program. The medical equipment includes one continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, two phototherapies, one infant warmer, two infusion pumps, one injection pump, three intubation kits, one Ambu bag, one bedside 5-parameter patient monitor, three portable phlegm suction units, and four nebulizers. One day of intensive neonatal emergency training for doctors and nurses from Tra Bong Medical Center was organized also. The medical trainers are specialists from Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children.

Located 40km northwest of the center of Quang Ngai province, Tra Bong is a mountainous district with about 67% of the population from ethnic minority groups. The remote location makes Tra Bong one of the poorest districts of the province, creating countless difficulties and challenges in providing quality healthcare services in the region. The lack of essential neonatal medical equipment is one of the leading causes of infant and maternal mortality and unnecessary referrals to impossible distant higher-level hospitals. Combined with remote geographical challenges, poverty, education, and limited access to quality care, mortality rates for infants and mothers will remain 2 to 4 times the national average. With the provision of essential neonatal equipment accompanied by thorough knowledge and skills training, doctors and nurses of Tra Bong Medical Center will be able to deliver quality health care and emergency treatment to around 1,200 infants each year, giving babies the best start to life.

Mrs. Dee Truong, CEO of VITA Clinic shares: “In Latin, VITA means life and everything nice in the world. Operating 9 years under this philosophy, VITA Clinic is always trying our best to offer a more beautiful life to every customer and the community. The partnership with VinaCapital Foundation ensures our commitment to supporting and transforming the lives of children from disadvantaged families in Vietnam, especially by improving access to quality healthcare services for infants and mothers in rural areas. I believe women and children are the future of Vietnam. Through providing essential neonatal medical equipment and training for doctors and nurses, we want all children to be born in good health and grow up healthy, building a stronger and more resilient country.”

“We are honored to partner with a dedicated and trustful partner like VITA Clinic. This partnership enables us to provide quality healthcare services, psychological support, education assistance, and comprehensive care for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in society,” states Rad Kivette, CEO of VinaCapital Foundation. “With the meaningful support from the top echelon VITA Clinic, for which we are very grateful, we will continue to ensure our commitment to protecting thousands of children and families from preventable deaths and providing those benefits for generations to come.”

The VCF’s Survive to Thrive program aims to reduce infant mortality in all of Vietnam, especially in the underserved provinces through the provision of critically needed neonatal equipment and training. During the past 13 years, the Survive to Thrive program has donated 359 pieces of medical equipment to 11 provinces, helping to treat and save the lives of 124,241 children in Vietnam.

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