Mid-January Container Shipment Announcements

Mid-January Container Shipment Announcements

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Sharing the Health in Vietnam

Children's Hospital in Vietnam

Thursday, June 10, 2010, MedShare loaded and shipped out of the Southeastern Regional Distribution Center another 40 foot container of medical supplies and equipment destined for VIETNAM. The 1,400-plus items on the container are going to be distributed between two under-resourced government hospitals, KHANH HOA GENERAL HOSPITAL and DANANG GENERAL HOSPITAL. This project was sponsored by the Vina Capital Foundation to support its cardiac care outreach program “Heartbeat Vietnam”. Some of the supplies and equipment on the container include syringe pumps, breast pumps, pulse oximeters, pressure monitors, a chemistry analyzer, ambu bags, diapers, iodine, cervical collars, and blood pressure cuffs.

This is MedShare’s fourth container to Vietnam shipped with Vina Capital Foundation, and there are several more in the pipeline. Thanks to all who contributed to this project to make it a success!

MedShare in Vietnam

MedShare Trustee, Pat Robinson, Egan Short and I are touring Vietnam in an effort to better understand the needs here and what MedShare’s role might be.  The first part of our trip is being hosted by the Lawrence S. Ting Fund, headquarter in Ho Chi Ming City (HCMC).  Their hospitality could not be more gracious. They have arranged various appointments with a variety of healthcare providers.  From the small community based Phuoc Kien Medical Station in Nha Be District, a basic healthcare unit in a commune to the larger Nha Be Hospital, a district hospital.  We also visited the new for profit hospital VF, designed to meet the needs of the growing number of the upper and middle class.

One of the most meaningful visits was with the staff of the University Medical Center in HCMC. There we were given a tour of the cardiovascular surgery department by Dr. Nguyen Hoang Dinh.  He was pleased to know that our Vietnam partner at this point has been the Vina Capital Fund.  He has had a good working relationship with them and has received support from them.  Most likely some of MedShare’s donations through Vina have gone to the Medical Center.

They perform 2 open heart surgeries each day, Monday thru Friday, in one

Heart surgery being performed on 3-yr-old boy

small OR, with only 4 ICU beds and two small recovery rooms.  With very limited resources, this team is performing miracles.  There is a new hospital under construction and this facility will provide a new home for this department.

Pat, Egan and I were permitted to enter the OR during a heart operation on a 3 year old boy.  It was very moving to see this small heart beating as the surgical team was working to repair a hole in the young boy’s heart. The surgeon explained that they were limited in their ability to work on smaller and younger children because of the lack of ventilating equipment designed to serve smaller bodies. This needed piece of bio-medical equipment is high on their needs list.

Hopefully I can report on our visit later this week with Vina Capital here in HCMC and in Danang. We also will visit with Children of Vietnam, a North Carolina based NGO also working in Danang.