Infansure is high quality milk powder from Australia that scientifically helps young children’s growth and development. Many of our children are lacking good food and nutrition which can limit their physical and mental development. Milk formula is very expensive and considered a luxury in Vietnam and therefore is hard for The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation to find donors. Therefore, we are thrilled and really appreciate the tremendous support of Infansure milk for our children. Here is a beautiful success story of Bao from Son Ca Kindergarten in Vietnam.
CNCF recently had the privilege to join Australian Consul, Mr Rick Adams on a project visit to inspect the water filter systems in Vietnam which is being sponsored under the Australian Governments Direct Aid Program (DAP). These water filtration systems were installed in a community of Dong Thap Province where a staggering 25% of the population has no access to clean water.
The area is also at the mercy of the weather, particularly in the monsoon season when the community experience’s extreme flooding here by directly affecting the crops and a family’s ability to earn a living.
If you have been In Ho Chi Minh City over the past 3 weeks, you will know that the monsoon season has finally started. This also brings with it the perfect conditions for mosquito borne diseases like Dengue Fever, Malaria and Japanese Encephalitus.
Now add to the fray, as of February 2016, the Zika Virus. The World Health Organization has identified the Zika Virus as a threat to public health, and has released the symptoms and precautionary measures necessary to reduce the reproduction of mosquitos and the transmission of the virus.
Up to 250 Children from our Sunshine School, our Boy’s and Girl’s Shelters and our Tay Ninh Centre for the Visually Impaired received a full health screen, including dental and ophthalmic care.
Although Vietnam has made significant progress in terms of medical treatment and standards of care, hospitals remain overcrowded and facilities are out-dated. Despite additional Governmental funding the cost of treatment in Vietnam is extremely prohibitive and children would not ordinarily visit a doctor unless there was an underlying illness or injury. Even then this would mean an additional financial burden that their families could ill afford.
The Foundation, through our medical assistance programme, provide sick and underprivileged children and their families with high quality paediatric consultancy, treatment and social support free of charge. This life saving service remains unique to Ho Chi Minh.
In addition to this we are always grateful for the support provided by medical colleagues outside of the foundation such as Hoan My Medical Corporation.
As one of Vietnam’s largest providers of private medical care with international- standard medical equipment and practices, Hoan My offered our children a medical service usually reserved for private medical centre customers. We are extremely grateful to Hoan My for donating their time and equipment for the health screens.
Today at the Centre in Ho Chi Minh City our Sunshine School Children fully immersed in Global Handwashing day by participating in a live demonstration and active discussion on good hand washing practices.
According to the World Health Organisation, hand washing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrhea and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. Together, they are responsible for the majority of all child deaths.
The collective experience of the medical team from our Centre For Social Assistance For Disadvantaged Children was recently mobilised to provide a day clinic for under privileged children suffering from malnutrition in the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City.
A total of 225 under five years olds thought to be suffering from malnutrition were examined over the course of the day at a temporary clinic set up in a local high school. 10 CNCF staff participated, including four doctors and a nurse. The clinic was held in conjunction with the local branch of The Red Cross who also brought along 12 staff members to help administrate the day-clinic.
In the Field