Over the past decades, the healthcare system in Vietnam has been improved and developed from the central to local levels. According to the General Report of Health Sector in 2016, many hospitals at the local level have been completed and put into use such as Bac Kan General Hospital with 500 patient beds, and Soc Trang General Hospital with 700 patient beds,...; however, “there are still some issues that need to be solved in order to improve the availability of healthcare services”.
To support upgrading the services, our Foundation continuously partners with private, public and other NGOs/NPOs (Non-Government Organisations /Non-Profit Organisations). As one of the healthcare initiatives to address the availability of healthcare services, we have partnered with MedShare - Non-Profit Organization in the United States, to donate medical supplies to health facilities in Vietnam. This initiative started in 2011 and by far, we together with MedShare have supported eight containers of medical supplies (mainly 100% branch new of consumable medical items) to 39 health centers and hospitals in 11 provinces and cities in the South of Vietnam, equivalent to the amount USD 1.65 million.
This is the sharing from a nurse at the General Hospital in Kon Tum Province which was supported for the first time in 2018: “Crutches donated by MedShare Organisation and Lawrence S. Ting Memorial Fund are much better than the wooden ones which we have currently used.” Besides, in 2018, the Health Center in Tra On District, Vinh Long Province received 400 packages of medical equipment from our Fund. "These items are very meaningful and practical for patients and staff in our health center.", the representatives of the Center said.
We are hoping that each medical supply distribution has supported health facilities in need, thereby strengthening the quality of their services. This, in turn, profoundly contributes to community development and people’s well-beings. We will continuously collaborate with MedShare and partner with other organizations to spread out these positive impacts on more regions.