VCF to Provide Equipment for Better Neonatal Care in Northern Vietnam's Province

VCF is working to save the lives of thousands of newborns in Lai Chau province and help them grow up healthily every day.

The VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) and the Survive To Thrive program in March has successfully raised funds through Momo wallet to provide essential neonatal equipment for remote hospitals in the northern province of Lai Chau.

Lai Chau, a rural province in the northwest region of Vietnam, has more than 20 ethnic minority groups. The infant mortality rate is 39.6 deaths per 1,000 live births, which remains the highest rate across the country. Lack of essential neonatal medical equipment in the hospitals is one of the leading causes of infant mortality, and also increases the rate of referrals to distant higher-level hospitals.

Understanding the barriers and hardships of doctors and nurses in Lai Chau province, VCF has raised over VND 250 million via MoMo wallet.

This donation is to provide essential neonatal equipment for district hospitals in Lai Chau province to improve capacity for diagnosis and treatment of serious pediatric illnesses, reduce long distance referral rates and reduce infant mortality in remote, isolated areas.

In this April, VCF and the Survive To Thrive program will start to support 10 neonatal devices for Muong Te District Medical Center in Lai Chau province, including one continuous positive pressure ventilator (CPAP) for acute respiratory failure, one SPO2 oximeter, two electric syringes, two intubation sets, and four neonatal beds.

These devices are expected to help doctors and nurses perform basic and emergency care for babies from birth.

VinaCapital Foundation is an American NGO working exclusively in Vietnam to help poor children.

VCF’s grassroots medical programs include Heartbeat Vietnam which funds heart surgeries, including pre- and post-operative care, as well as, Rural Outreach Clinics to screen children in remote areas.

Medical capacity building programs include Critical Response – provides advanced emergency training courses for healthcare workers, emergency equipment, and clean water systems for healthcare centers and schools in remote areas; Survive to Thrive – improving Neonatal Care in Vietnam, and the International Symposium for Pediatric Care- educating doctors.

Its education initiative, A Brighter Path, is an empowerment and a scholarship program for disadvantaged but academically talented ethnic minority girls.