Thai Binh: Poor children get free heart checkups in two-day event

Paediatric Hospital No 2 will provide children with thorough health check-ups to detect those suffering from congenital heart defects and help them take advantage of opportunities for free surgeries. Nguyen Quang Thong, Editor-in-Chief of the Thanh Nien (Youth) Newspaper said that the programme will give priority to children under six and those with special circumstances. According to Truong Quang Dinh, deputy director of Paediatric Hospital No 2, around 8,000-10,000 children with congenital heart defects are diagnosed in Vietnam every year including many cases which have been not detected and treated early. Since February this year, the hospital has conducted free heart surgeries for more than 150 children. The programme has so far received financial support of more than VND80 million from benefactors. Heart for Kids was launched by Thanh Nien Newspaper and Paediatrics Hospital No 2.... [read more]

In 1997, Professor Liem received international recognition for his successful research and application of laparoscopic surgery technology to treat Hirschsprungdisease (HD) known as congenital aganglionic megacolon in Vietnam, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. His research has been applied at the Central Paediatrics Hospital, promoting its status as one of the world’s leading laparoscopic surgery centres for children. The hospital has also become a regional training centre for laparoscopic surgeons. Liem recalls how he had the idea of carrying out an endoscopic thoracic operation on infants infected with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) in 2001, but failed due to limited equipment. “I introduced my concept to a French professor who later returned to his country and successfully performed such surgery on a 7-month-old infant. “One year later, Vietnam was provided with modern medical equipment, enabling us to perform endoscopic thoracic surgery on 7-month-old infants. “I wondered if Vietnam could conduct similar surgeries on newborn babies. To do this, I carefully discussed challenges with anesthesia experts to avoid risks.” The successful endoscopic thoracic surgery on a newborn baby in February 2002 honoured Liem as the pioneer of this difficult technique. He later completed five research papers on this field which were printed in world renowned publications. He was invited to give lectures and presentations at international workshops in the US, Italy, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and many others, promoting his technique worldwide. International paediatricians consider Professor Liem a leading expert in endoscopic surgical treatment of bile duct cyst…... [read more]

The annually held charity race Run for the Heart 2016 will be held on December 3 at LePARC commercial centre in Yen So park in Hanoi’s Hoang Mai District. Making debut in 2013, the charity race has attracted thousands of participants and received support and contributions from hundreds of sponsors. In 2015, “Run for the Heart” was organised for the first time in Hanoi attracting more than 5,000 participants, raising more than VND1 billion ($45,600), resulting in medical treatments for 48 children with severe heart conditions throughout the country. With the goal of bringing care to more children with congenial heart defects, Run for the Heart 2016 also raises people’s awareness about the importance of physical activities to reduce the risk of heart disease, while helping children born with heart disease. This year, the race held successfully on November 6 in Ho Chi Minh City attracting over 13,000 participants. Total fund raised during the race amounted to VND3.2 billion ($146,000), allowing 119 heart operations to be performed on children with heart defects. To date, the programme has raised more than VND7 billion ($319,600), paying for 338 children to receive heart operations. Run for the Heart 2016 in Hanoi is expected to attract about 8,000 participants who are young couples, pupils, college and university students, and employees at city-based businesses and organisations. According to Gamuda Land Vietnam, the charity race has thus far received active support from big donors such as ICON4, Hop Luc, Couple TX, Hoa Binh,VinaCapital and Somerset, etc.…... [read more]

A French-Vietnamese woman has returned to her home country to claim damages from the U.S. chemical companies that manufactured Agent Orange, a defoliant used by the U.S. during the American war in Vietnam, and work together with U.S. filmmakers on a documentary about the issue. A French-Vietnamese woman has returned to her home country to claim damages from the U.S. chemical companies that manufactured Agent Orange, a defoliant used by the U.S. during the American war in Vietnam, and work together with U.S. filmmakers on a documentary about the issue. Tran To Nga, a 73-year-old French-Vietnamese woman who is herself a victim of AO/Dioxin, returned to Vietnam in August 2015 with French lawyer William Bourdon to call for more support for the lawsuit she filed in France against 26 U.S. chemical manufacturers in June 2014. On April 16, 2015, a local court in Evry, France, summoned representatives from the U.S. companies involved for the first hearing. In her complaint, Nga is suing the U.S. companies for providing toxic chemical weapons used by U.S. forces in Vietnam during the war before 1975. Recent tests conducted in Germany on Nga with the support of the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) showed that she still carries the dioxin in her blood many decades after her exposure. Agent Orange/Dioxin is used to refer to the herbicides and defoliants sprayed by the U.S. military to destroy crops and trees in Vietnam during wartime. Apart from devastating ecological effects, the concentration of toxins…... [read more]

EMW raises dreams of 50 unprivileged children By Huu Thang in HCMC East Meets West Foundation (EMW) organized a program called "Live the Dream" late last week for fifty more unprivileged children with congenital heart disease to have operations. Nguyen Thi Minh Thu, program development director of Operation Healthy Heart said that in the next five years the foundation will develop plans with five prominent local cardiac hospitals to mobilize available funding and technical resources to help other Vietnamese children with congenital heart defects. About 16,000 Vietnamese children are currently waiting a chance to have cardiac surgery, but the capacity of the country, with regard to human resources, finance and modern equipment and techniques to perform pediatric heart operations, is only an estimated 4,000 patients each year, Thu added. The EMW Operation Healthy Heart program aims to support the finance and healthcare for Vietnamese poor children with heart defects. Since 1994 the program has provided life-saving financial assistance for critical heart surgeries to nearly 2,500 children and has built healthcare facilities and trained staff for hospitals in Viet Nam.... [read more]

Celebrities unite to save poor children By Pham Le in HCMC Vietnam's top celebrities have joined together for a charity photo exhibition themed My Better Truth organized in HCMC for fundraising to support poor children with congenital heart defects. The charity photo exhibition will feature an intimate look at the lives of 14 of Vietnam's top celebrities, including Ngo Thanh Van, Johnny Tri Nguyen, Chi Bao, Dam Vinh Hung, Quang Dung, Dustin Nguyen, Ho Nhung, Linh Nga and Thanh Thao. At the event, a live auction will be organized for 12 hours with Ngo Thanh Van, 12 hours with Johnny Tri Nguyen, photographs of singer Dam Vinh Hung, artist Thanh Loc and dancer Linh Nga and a lucky number SIM card. The organizer says the exhibition aims to raise awareness of child heart disease in Vietnam, with all funds raised from the sale of the photos going toward life-saving heart operations for poor children with congenital heart defects. Heartbeat Vietnam, a program of the VinaCapital Foundation (VCF), has provided almost 1,400 life-saving heart operations since 2006 for children across Vietnam and has helped to improve cardiac and pediatric care in Vietnam via a telemedicine training series, equipment donations and support for province-level pediatric outreach centers. Donations made to Heartbeat Vietnam are matched 100% by the VinaCapital Group. "We are proud to have the wonderful and generous support of Ngo Thanh Van, Johnny Tri Nguyen, Dam Vinh Hung and all the other celebrities involved in this project," said Robin King Austin,…... [read more]

FedEx, Heartbeat Vietnam give gift of life to poor kids Metro Cash & Carry donates gifts to An Giang students By Binh Nguyen in HCMC A child in Binh Phuoc Province receives a heart diagnosis - Photo: Courtesy of Heartbeat Vietnam FedEx Express and VinaCapital Foundation’s Heartbeat Vietnam program last week extended their mobile medical outreach clinics to help poor children suffering from congenital heart disease in Binh Phuoc Province. Under the ‘FedEx Delivers Heartbeats’ initiative, thousands of poor children, including those in the southern province are being examined and diagnosed by the country’s top cardiologists and surgeons without having to leave their home provinces. Launched in the central province of Ninh Thuan, the ‘Heartbeats’ clinics will run in numerous provinces this year. The aim is to provide free diagnoses to 100-400 children in a province within two to three days. Besides early detection of heart conditions, they will also receive treatment and placement on the national cardiac surgery waiting list. The children undergoing surgery can use the free clinics for their post-operative check-ups, saving them multiple trips to big cities.The ‘Heartbeats’ program also offers training to provincial doctors in diagnosis and treatment of these children. Robin King Austin, CEO and Executive Director of the VinaCapital Foundation, said the support from FedEx enabled the delivery of improved healthcare services to poor children with heart disease. “The ‘Fedex Delivers Heartbeats’ program uses the achievements of modern medicine and travels to reach the sickest children, especially those who are disadvantaged,” she said.…... [read more]

More poor kids with heart defects to get free care Kieu Giang By Kieu Giang - The Saigon Times Daily It is expected that 200 to 1,000 children with congenital heart defects living in 16 remote provinces in the north of Vietnam will receive free cardiac care at mobile medical outreach clinics of the 5th “FedEx Delivers Heartbeats” program. The program is being organized by FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company and a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., and Heartbeat Vietnam, an initiative of the VinaCapital Foundation. A ceremony was held in HCMC’s District 1 on June 24 to mark the 5th year of the program. Leading cardiologists from HCMC, Hanoi and Danang will facilitate each two-to-four-day clinic to provide free cardiac care for children, including diagnostic testing, treatment, and even placement on the cardiac surgery waiting list if necessary. Children who receive surgeries through Heartbeat Vietnam can access the free clinics for their post-operative care to avoid numerous and costly trips to hospitals in HCMC, Danang or Hanoi. “Most of the children seen at the clinics come from impoverished families who can’t afford proper treatment or a trip to the cities for diagnosis. By taking the doctors to them, we have found over 5,000 children who might never have been diagnosed,” said Robin King Austin, CEO/executive director of the VinaCapital Foundation. Nguyen Duy Binh, senior manager of Indochina and chief representative of FedEx Vietnam, said after seeing the positive impact made by FedEx Delivers Heartbeats to the lives…... [read more]

Celadon City to host charity run next month Minh Nga By Minh Nga - The Saigon Times Daily Robin King Austin (L), CEO/executive director of the VinaCapital Foundation, speaks at a news briefing on the charity run program “Run for the heart 2015” in HCMC on October 26 - PHOTO: MINH NGA Housing developer Celadon City, in collaboration with charitable fund Heartbeat Vietnam, will hold a charity run program in HCMC’s Tan Phu District on November 8. Held for the third time this year, the “Run for the heart 2015” program aims to raise funds for poor Vietnamese children who suffer from heart diseases. Speaking at a news briefing on the annual program in the city on October 26, Chow Chee Fan, general director of Celadon City, said the organizers look to attract more than 8,000 participants with an estimated VND1.6 billion (US$71,648) to be raised to finance heart operations on 75 poor children nationwide. The total sum raised at the two previous run programs was VND1.62 billion, which has been used to carry out free heart surgeries for 76 local kids. A subsidiary of the VinaCapital Foundation, Heartbeat Vietnam has conducted a number of outreach trips nationwide to identify children who have heart diseases and 4,293 children have been saved by the organization since 2006. “Every year in Vietnam, over 12,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects, and that number is almost the same in every country all over the world but what is different is that many…... [read more]

Vietnam, EU share experience in ensuring human rights Experts from Vietnam and the European Union (EU) shared experience in ensuring human rights while implementing the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT) during a workshop held in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on October 3. The event gave an insight into important human rights principles set in international conventions and the UNCAT in particular for officials working in Vietnam's public security, judicial and court sectors. Participants presented Vietnam's responsibility in carrying out international conventions, including the UNCAT, to which the country is a member. EU experts updated the current situation in the field in the union as well as shared experience of EU and member states on crime investigation without use of torture and methods to prevent torture. The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (commonly known as the UN Convention against Torture ) is an international human rights treaty approved by the UN General Assembly in December 1984. It aims to prevent torture and other acts of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment around the world. Vietnam signed the UNCAT in 2013 with the approval of the National Assembly in 2014, demonstrating the Vietnamese Government's strong commitment to preventing torture and protecting human rights in the country. In ASEAN, Vietnam was the sixth nation to join the UNCAT, along with Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. Vietnam, Cambodia foster cooperation in ethnic affairs A delegation of the Committee for Ethnic Affairs had…... [read more]

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