The Saigon Times Daily
The Australian Consulate General said in a statement on April 2 that the gifts of one pediatric ventilator and 17 injection pumps are vital equipment additions to the hospital’s new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as they will allow the hospital to provide critical care to infants and children in need of hospital-based life support systems as the regional referral center for seven provinces.
“The pumps and ventilator will save one to three children’s lives every week. The increase in capacity will play a significant role in the continuing efforts to reduce mortality for children in Khanh Hoa and adjacent provinces,” the statement said.
The equipment donation is funded by the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) and part of VCF’s nationwide Survive to Thrive medical equipment provision program.
Australian Consul General, John McAnulty, said the consulate continued joining hands with VCF to improve the quality of life for low-income and disadvantaged communities in Vietnam.
“We are proud to support this vital project, the largest we have ever funded at VND988 million (over A$58,420) to ensure that local children have access to the medical facilities and care required to lead strong, healthy, happy lives,” McAnulty said.
VCF has worked with the Australian consulate general in previous years to improve the quality of health care for children in the south central region.
In 2014-2015, DAP has awarded grants to 22 projects in a wide range of sectors from community healthcare to small-scale infrastructure in Vietnam.
Financed by the Australian Government, DAP provides grants for small-scale development projects aimed at addressing humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental outcomes in disadvantaged communities.
DAP aims to make small grants available to community groups, NGOs, and other organizations that may not have access to large-scale aid or grants programs. Through DAP, the Australian Consulate General funds projects in various sectors including healthcare, education and small-scale infrastructure development.
DAP funding forms a small part of Australia’s non-refundable aid to Vietnam, which is expected to total A$141.3 million in the 2014-2015 financial year.
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