The Newborn Care Initiative
From the onset, newborn babies have been our major focus.

  • The first project was working with the National Hospital of Pediatrics to protect the newborn babies from brain hemorrhage due to lack of Vitamin K. This was adopted as a national policy in 2004.
  • Development of models for newborn care at two pilot provinces in South Vietnam, Khanh Hoa and North-Vinh Phuc, was launched in 2005.
  • Between 2005 and 2007, National Training courses were created covering neonatal skills for 43 provinces representing 65 percent of the country.
    Over the next three years (2008-2011),  PVNF developed Training Centers for Newborn Resuscitation at 14 strategic sites. This training program is a partnership with International Relief Teams in San Diego, California.

Dr. Priscilla Joe

Co-Team leader for the Neonatal Care Initiative Director of ECMO, Children’s Hospital of Oakland

Dr. Steve Ringer

Team leader for the Neonatal Care Initiative; Director of Newborn Services, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Associate-Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

The Infection Control Program

Recognized as the most effective way to decrease infectious diseases for children and newborns, Infection Control has been ongoing project at multiple hospital sites.

This is one of the areas where student volunteers can truly make a difference!

FURTHER INFORMATION : Infection Control Program ]
Dr. Stephen Berman, Team Leader for the Pediatric Disaster Course Professor of Pediatrics at Denver Children's Hospital Past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Stephen Berman, Team Leader for the Pediatric Disaster Course
Professor of Pediatrics at Denver Children’s Hospital
Past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics

The Pediatric Emergency Care Program

  • (2003-2007) Several national training courses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in collaboration with Project Outreach, Canada
  • (March 2009) Pediatric Disaster Training Course in South Vietnam
  • (March 2010) Central Vietnam, with the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • (March 2011) North Vietnam
Dr. Casey Culbertson

Dr. Casey Culbertson
Pediatric Cardiologist, Children’s Hospital in Oakland

Pediatric Cardiac Program

Started in Summer 2006 and ongoing at Nhi Dong 1 (Pediatric Hospital 1) in Ho Chi Minh City under the leadership of Dr. Culbertson who spurred the development of open heart surgery in 2007. He returns every year with the Heart Link Cardiac Surgery Team to continue building capacity at the main Children’s Hospital in Ho Chi Minh city.

The Bright Futures Program

Project Vietnam has taken part since November 2008 at Nhi Dong 2 Hospital to develop a well-child program inspired by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ health maintenance guidelines.

The Training team travels in March and November with the Medical Mission trip for 2 weeks and arranges year-round visits.

We recruit healthcare professionals to spend 1-4 weeks at program sites, as well as volunteers to contribute to specific projects.

The Bright Futures Team: (From left to right)
Kristine Pilkington, Occupational Therapy
Cathy Babiak, Physical Therapy
Dr. Elaine Schneider, Ph.D.,  Speech Therapy
Dr. Arleen Downing, Team leader & Developmental Pediatrics
Dr. Jerold Aronson, MPH & Associate-Professor of Pediatrics Hahneman Medical School
Dr. Susan Aronson, Professor of Pediatrics University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Quynh Kieu, General Pediatrics

FURTHER INFORMATION : Bright Futures Program ]
Pediatric Nursing Education

Initiated in 2004 at the National Hospital of Pediatrics in Hanoi by Kathye Gentry, PA.

The team trained nurse educators and equipped a training laboratory where nurses could practice clinical skills.

Conjointly with the Newborn Care Initiative, our nurses have focused on improving neonatal and pediatric skills at the Children’s Hospitals in Ho Chi Minh city and Vinh, as well as Rach Gia and Vinh Phuc General Hospitals.

Bien Nguyen, RN