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August 2020 Updates!
On July 14th, France dedicated their 2020 Bastille Day to honor their healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the world.
France recognized 80 health workers who gave their lives to treat COVID-19.
In the United States, we lost over 900 health heroes. We recently surpassed over 170,000 deaths due to COVID-19, and are currently a global hotspot.
While the numbers seem to be on a promising turn with admitted patients getting younger and our frontline healthcare workers more experienced to treat COVID-19, they still need PPE and support from our community to help keep the COVID-19 numbers stable and eventually decline.
While the pandemic has prevented us from pursuing our annual medical missions in Vietnam, at Project Vietnam Foundation, we are doing everything we can to help our community. This includes:
- Donating PPE to health care workers at hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and the Navajo nation. We are building a PPE fund for the upcoming expected fall rise in Covid-19 and protect our frontline workers.
- Conducting resiliency training workshops for our adolescent and young emerging adults in the Vietnamese community
- Connecting young volunteers with seniors in the community for our “Senior Connect” project, designed to reach out to older adults in nursing facilities who are oftentimes lonely
- Support group for parents to manage the sudden crisis of lockdown
- Support group for parents of children on the neurodiverse autism spectrum
- Participating on weekly shows on VietFace TV to provide regular medical and healthcare updates on the pandemic, as well as recommendations
- Collaborating with UCI to conduct an extensive, community-based follow-up study to assess why COVID-19 rates are lower in the Little Saigon community than other communities
- Providing a free webinar on public health communications, as well as recruiting public health and communications interns and volunteers for the Fall 2020 semester
- Continuing funding for rice ATMs in Vietnam for families afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic
- Providing training to over 30 specialists in Vietnam to identify young children with autism and help develop community intervention and support
- Updating our website to be more user friendly and up to date with our current events, news, and more!
As we gear towards restarting our medical missions to be as early as Spring 2021, we want to thank you for your continued support during these trying times!
2020 Medical Missions Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Thank you everyone who expressed interest in volunteering for our missions this year! Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have cancelled all medical missions for the entirety of 2020.
We look forward to resuming our medical missions to Vietnam as early as Spring 2021.
For more information, please visit our COVID-19 website for updates.
Our Missions in Vietnam Have Served
Over 2050 children have been given the gift of reconstructive surgery. With the help of local health services, PVNF is able to locate children in need of cleft lip and palate surgery. Many of these surgeries require a follow-up care of nutritional support, speech therapy and a follow-up surgery.
Over 93,000 patients through our Primary Care Missions. Every year, volunteers sign up for our Spring Medical Mission to provide Medical Care, Dental Aid, Vision Checks and Pharmaceutical Services. Our Spring Mission typically begin around February or March.
Our Dental Team have served thousands of children who have never had dental services provided to them in the rural highland regions of Vietnam. Many children who live in the rural areas have no access to dental care; resulting in tooth decay, loss of teeth and poor dental hygiene.
Hundreds of Medical Professionals have been provided with Medical Training and Education focused programs in Neo-Natalogy, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Specialized Care (i.e. Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary Care, Mental Health)
In Loving Memories of Our Dear Friend, Mark Magadia Samala
Summer Medical Mission Registration Now Closed
Great Job Spring 2019 Medical Mission Volunteers
March 16-31, 2019, 155 volunteers came together for an extraordinary project:
- Transforming 55 lives of children with cleft lip/palate deformities at Quang Tri hospital
- Treating 4270 needy children and families on our rural outreach, a record high, we have ongoing collaboration with the local health department to refer patients and give health insurance.
- The public health team treated 329 children in preschools of highlands where 50% have anemia (improved from previous 73%) and monitored improvement at 2 sites of nutrition program, and clean water.
- The program ” Helping Babies Breathe ” taught by our partner team from Global Engagement Institute trained 4 Instructors and 20 Providers in Neonatal resuscitation donating CPR kits for neonates.
- The Bright Futures team delivered training to 250 health professionals in Saigon, Hue and Hanoi on care for children with special needs, and more importantly taught Early Identification and Intervention for children with autism to 150 professionals in collaboration with Vanderbilt University,
- The Neonatal team with Professor Steven Ringer developed new goals working with Perinatal Association and Vietnam Pediatric Society and Ministry of Health.
- The Cardiology team implanted in Saigon and Hanoi 20 pacemakers donated by Medtronic of $250,000 value.
Thanks to our volunteers who sweated, cried and rejoiced with the patients and families!
Mission Stories and Updates
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~
PVNF Smiles for Hope Volunteers in San Jose got together to celebrate a successful 2018 fundraising
Volunteering in a Small Team in Quang Tri, Vietnam by Vi Lam Despite working with PVNF for
On March 8, 2018, I embarked on a week-long journey with the Project Vietnam Foundation (PVNF) to help provide medical care for the impoverished people of Central Vietnam. This journey not only deepened my understanding for my cultural heritage, but it also strengthened my admiration of the resilience of the Vietnamese people.
Volunteering and News Updates
On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Project Vietnam Foundation will host its 24th Anniversary Gala Fundraising Event.
Dear Friends, 23 years ago, Project Vietnam Foundation was founded to bring much needed healthcare to the underserved regions of Vietnam. Since its inception with