Project Vietnam has worked in needy provinces of Vietnam since 1996. Among past achievements of Project Vietnam has been a three-year effort to identify vitamin K deficiency as a major cause of newborn death and campaign successfully for the adoption of a national policy for Vitamin K injection after birth.
Current ongoing programs consist of improvement of healthcare for newborn and pediatric emergency services, promoting sustainable Rural Health Standards, and the development of services for children with special healthcare needs. Project Vietnam has worked at 35 sites in Vietnam, trained a total of 43 provinces, and initiated interventions which have resulted in significant reduction in child mortality/morbidity and improved rural healthcare.
Project Vietnam collaborates with other NGOs and educational institutions and actively seeks partnerships to accomplish its goals for empowerment of the local healthcare professionals and health services for the most vulnerable populations.
The programs are three-fold:
- Medical mission trips to needy provinces chosen on the basis of health care needs, and cooperation of the local government. The teams provide free surgeries to children with birth deformities and eye defects, primary care services (medical, dental and vision care). The medical team averages 100 volunteers and works usually during the first weeks of March.
- From 2007-2016, the Summer Service Camps brought students mainly from the US and medical volunteers to deliver primary care services (medical/dental/vision), assist children with special needs (orphans and disabled) and provide construction projects benefiting facilities serving children. After a gap of 2 years, PVNF will resume its summer trip to allow student involvement. It will offer Primary care work in remote access areas, Public health and Collaboration projects with Local health institutions, in order to build sustainability. Since 2017, PVNF has organized multiple trips almost every month with Smaller volunteer teams, focused on areas of high needs with great success because of ongoing cooperation’s at the provinces.
- Training to improve current health services, especially to children, has been the longstanding focus of PVNF. Every year during the first two weeks of March and November and shorter trips along the year, medical specialists travel to provide focused training on specific programs:
- Seminars and conferences bringing international specialists to update and provide technical knowledge.
- Newborn Care Initiative, which PVNF started in 2002 continually develops models appropriate to Vietnam and advocates guidelines to decrease mortality and prevent illnesses. It successfully brought 3 programs of the American Academy of PediatricsAAP to train instructors and providers: Neonatal Resuscitation Program, S.T.A.B.L.E and Helping Babies Breathe. Over 6,000 CPR kits have been donated to rural facilities while training the health workers. The programs effectively assisted in reducing Infant Mortality from 4.5% TO 1.5%, resulting in saving over 300,000 lives over the last 5 years. Currently we are working with Vietnam Neonatologists to recommend Guidelines of the AAP on Perinatal Health. PVNF currently collaborates with the Global Education Instituteto bring “Helping Babies Survive” to Central Vietnam and will introduce “Essential care of the Small Baby”-AAP in 2019.
- Pediatric first aid for caregivers in partnership with Vietnamese-American NGONetworksince 2010, has trained 300 instructors and 4,000 providers – teachers and Nurses mainly. The program creates a safer environment for children in daycare and schools. In 2019 we will publish the Update version of “Pediatric First Aid for Child Caregivers” of the AAP.
- Development of a model for pediatric comprehensive healthcare Bright Futures (AAP)since 2010 at the Children’s hospital in HCM city. It expanded into a model of care for Children with Special Needs. Specifically since 2015, PVNF teams have presented annual updates at the Universities of Pedagogy and Children Hospitals in Saigon and Hanoi. In 2019 we will help build a curriculum on Autism for Teachers, update doctors and collaborate on a Model training for Caregivers in Central Vietnam.
- Pilot programs to develop capacity locally to improve children’s healthcare in High risk areas (evaluation and treatment of malnutrition/anemia and preventive health care including hygiene, clean water), and for a system of Emergency Triage/Assessment/Treatment in Rural Health facilities to improve First response, especially for children.