A German invested company and a US non-governmental organisation are working on a project to improve intensive care for newborns in a southern Vietnamese hospital.
The Binh Duong-based Messer Vietnam Industrial Gases and East Meets West Foundation (EMWF) are trying to improve the Neo-natal Intensive Care Nursery at Binh Duong Hospital under a project called Newborn Care Initiative.
The Newborn Care Initiative started in March 2005 as a partnership between EMWF; the American Academy of Paediatrics, and the International
Children Assistance Network to develop life-saving medical services for babies in Vietnam’s rural areas.
Messer has donated three each of Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CAPA) machines, pulse oximetre monitors and baby incubators worth US$10,200. The CAPA machines, which provide air to the lungs of tiny babies, is less invasive than a ventilator and considered much more efficient and safer than hand-squeezed equipment.
EMWF launched the Newborn Care initiative to provide training and equipment to hospitals and clinics across the country to save the lives of premature babies with respiratory distress.
According to EMWF’s figures, more than 128,000 premature babies are born in the country each year; 10% of them suffer respiratory distress and risk death in the absence of equipment for intervention.
The project’s goal is to place a sufficient number of machines in every delivery location in Vietnam and provide training in the medical and technical aspects of using them. EMWF says more than 2,000 of these machines are needed throughout Vietnam in provincial clinics and hospitals.