According to the guideline from the Ministry of Health, investment priorities should be given to Commune Health Centers so that essential healthcare service provision is available and easily access by community members especially those living in remote areas. Essential health services include medical examinations and treatment techniques, a list of prescriptive drugs used for primary healthcare services. Nevertheless, in Vietnam, only 6.5% of Commune Health Centers have enough functional rooms, 25.9% of them have enough equipment, and 30% of prescriptive drugs are available at Commune Health Centers. Healthcare services at the grassroots level still face challenges in terms of available resources and equipment.
Our Approach & Results
With the desire for supporting Commune Health Centers in remote areas to provide more adequate essential health services for community members, our Foundation in collaboration with Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone Polyclinic have organized outreach services - providing free medical examination and medicine distribution to local people. Since 2010, we have served 2,050 disadvantaged patients in the Mekong Delta region. These activities have been responded positively by the local authorities and residents. “Khanh Hung commune is a poor commune in Tran Van Thoi district with many economic difficulties and poor infrastructure. Especially Khmer people and the disadvantaged families have been facing with difficulties in accommodations, medical examination and treatments... Thank you for the precious support from Lawrence S. Ting Memorial Fund and the Clinic of Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone.", shared by Mr. Nguyen Truong Giang - Vice Chairman of Khanh Hung Commune, Ca Mau province.
These outreach services have brought practical benefits to community members, contributed to alleviating the difficulties and deprivations in rural areas.