Học Mãi, the Australia Vietnam Medical Foundation, is a non-profit organisation of the University of Sydney. Thanks to generous financial support from our donor community, Học Mãi has been able to work towards its mission of improving medical education and health outcomes in Viêt Nam.
One of its most significant projects at present concerns maternal, neo-natal and child health in the poorly resourced Dien Bien province.
Dien Bien, in the remote, mountainous northwest of Viêt Nam, is home to 21 ethnic minority groups with low literacy levels and poor access to health care. The province has one of the highest rates of maternal (4 per 1000) and infant (>35 per 1000) mortality in the world. However, health professionals there have few educational opportunities and limited facilities.
Học Mãi has been able to provide essential supplies for pregnant women in Dien Bien, and run a series of educational workshops for local doctors, nurses and midwives. Participants develop essential maternal and child health skills, such as infection control, nutrition and dealing with post-partum haemorrhage.
Continued support from our donor communities will allow Học Mãi to build on its achievements, and bring further education and health care to regions in need.
It doesn’t take much to make a difference.
- $60 covers local transfers for doctors, nurses and midwives to attend workshops
- $200 pays for the insurance of the health professionals travelling to Viêt Nam to provide education and training
- $500 provides enough basic kits to measure haemoglobin in an entire region
- $1000 covers the cost of interpreters for a six-day workshop.
See sydney.edu.au/medicine/hocmai for more information about the Học Mãi Foundation and its current programs.