Project Vietnam Foundation has its roots in the International Medical Assistance Program of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which started providing assistance to Vietnam in 1996. As the program grew over the years, AAP member Dr. Quynh Kieu realized a dedicated organization was needed in order to meet demand for services. Project Vietnam Foundation was established in August 2007 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
From the Northern highlands to the flooded plains of the Mekong Delta, Project Vietnam has been organizing mission trips to underserved areas of Vietnam continuously since 1996. We have focused on serving ethnic minorities and poor families in some of the country’s most remote rural locations. We bring health care to the needy through surgical corrections for children with birth deformities and eye defects, medical exams and treatment to villages and schools, and training to health personnel at all level of the medical system, from villages to hospitals and academic centers.
Our long term programs have assisted the development of crucial services: newborn health, emergency care, cardiac treatment, training for disaster management, and promoted important guidelines for children health care. Our Newborn Care Initiative is especially successful, in creating model projects and training programs to decrease infant mortality.
Going on three medical missions every year until 2011, our medical teams have improved the health of tens of thousands of children and their families, and our training programs benefit thousands of children. Since 2012 we have focused on 2 trips: in the Spring for a Medical Mission and in June-July for a Summer Service Camp. We have served cumulatively by 2012 60,000 patients in rural areas, provided over 1,250 life-changing surgeries, and delivered training which have improved or initiated services for children at the national level. Our Newborn Care Initiative impacts 1.5million babies born annually.
We could not have achieved such success without the contribution of our donors and friends, the collaboration of our partner organizations, and the heartfelt involvement of our volunteers. Please join us to do more!