Dai-ichi Life Vietnam, along with the East Meets West Foundation (EMW) have granted two newborn care devices to Tuyen Quang General Hospital.
Donations to the province of Tuyen Quang’s General Hospital Babies born prematurely
The hospital treats babies born prematurely; many of them weighing less than one 1kg.
A ceremony to mark the event took place on March 24 in Tuyen Quang, a city in the norther province of the same name.
The donor of the machines, a CPAP, or Continuous Positive Air Pressure, and an incubator, is Dai-chi Life Vietnam. The equipment is valued at a combined USD5,200.
This donation is part of an EMW programme called “Breath of Life”, which has been in effect since 2005. Breath of Life was designed to reduce infant mortality in Southeast Asia, and to train medical workers in care for newborn babies.
These machines will allow the hospital to treat an additional 120 to 150 infants with life-threatening illnesses each year.
The total value of equipment that EMW has donated to the hospital since 2006 is worth USD22,930.
At the ceremony Mrs. Hoang Chau, spokeswoman for EMW, said, “The hospital treats over 1,600 newborns with seriously illnesses each year. We expect that the new equipment will ease the overflow of the hospital so that we can provide more infants with a better quality of care.”
A nurse at the hospital said, “We’d love to say thank the donors who have made it possible to give this equipment. Right now we are in desperate need of an SPO2 (Saturation of Peripheral Oxygen) machine that will help regulate the oxygen to newborns.”
Dai-ichi Life is one of the leading life insurance agencies in the world.
Their partner in this programme, EMW, who has been operating in the region for 23 years, is one of the largest NGOs continuously active in Southeast Asia. EMW has invested more than USD80 million in Vietnam for health care, clean water, education and infrastructure.