On January 5, Thanh Ha Fish Sauce Co. Ltd. and The VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) jointly implement the VCF’s pediatric capacity program Critical Response in Kien Giang, seeking to support the provincial Health Department and hospitals to provide quality healthcare services for local children.
This activity is in conjunction with Thanh Ha’s CSR strategy to support the continuing development in quality of life for the people of Kien Giang, the home of Thanh Ha fish sauce production in with a 100-year history.
At the VCF’s pediatric capacity program Critical Response in Kien Giang. Photo: VCF.
The program will be funded VND 233.5 million (equivalent to USD 10,000) as Thanh Ha pledges giving VND 500 from each fish sauce product sold in 2019. This amount is sufficient to give Pediatric Department of Kien Giang General Hospital its first emergency crash cart. The specially designed cart is stock with emergency care equipment including a defibrillator, a portable suction pump, respiratory devices and other basic tools which are arranged to support medical staff’s immediate response when a child is in urgent conditions and help reduce current overload in the Pediatric Department and Kien Giang General Hospital.
The program also provides a Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training course for 32 doctors from 14 Kien Giang hospitals who will be trained by 8 teachers from Pediatric Department of Ho Chi Minh City Medical University.
PALS is built and tested for quality by the U.S. healthcare organizations and, customized in Vietnam to fit the country’s current situation, and recommended to taught nationwide by the Ministry of Health.
During the 2-day course, trainees will learn updated knowledge and practice in teams for immediate response in pediatric emergent situations including cardiac and respiratory arrests, severe injuries and other life-threatening condition.
Representative of Kien Giang General Hospital received its first emergency crash cart. Photo: VCF.
“I believe Thanh Ha’s contribution will effectively assist Kien Giang’s ongoing efforts to provide quality healthcare for the province’s children, including sons and daughter of the fishermen whose hard-work on long trips to the sea has supplied Thanh Ha with high quality ingredients for our renowned Phu Quoc traditional fish sauce. Our wish is to support those families with better healthcare for their children and help build a healthier, brighter future for children of our homeland Kien Giang.” Said Nguyen Thi Viet Ha, CEO of Thanh Ha Fish Sauce Ltd.
“VCF has been supporting Kien Giang through our programs, including sponsoring 127 surgeries for children with congenital heart defects. We are thrilled to see better quality of life of Kien Giang people every year we comeback, but the remote districts and communes still need help to improve medical services to adults and children. We deeply appreciate Thanh Ha’s generous support and trust in VCF to help implement the company’s CSR activities and giving back to their community. We hope that these values will be shared widely in Vietnam business community,” said Don Lam, VCF Chairman.
This is not the first time Thanh Ha and VCF together support healthcare capacity in Kien Giang. In 2014, Thanh Ha sponsored 2 crash carts and 1 PALS training course for Phu Quoc district hospital and commune health centers. Approximately 40,000 patients received cared by Phu Quoc PALS trainees and 400 lives was saved with the crash carts.
Since 2009, Critical Response has directly and indirectly save over 141,000 children across Vietnam.
Founded in 2007 and underwritten by VinaCapital to realize the firm vision of “going forward and giving back”, The VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) aims to empower the children and youth of Vietnam by providing opportunities for growth and improvement through health and education programs. The work of VCF touches the lives of millions in Vietnam’s all 63 provinces every year.
VCF’s grassroots medical programs include Heartbeat Vietnam and Outreach Clinics - designed to locate disadvantaged children with congenital heart defects and other non-communicable diseases in even the remotest areas and provide access to quality healthcare.
Medical capacity building programs are partnerships with the Ministry of Health and include Critical Response emergency care – pediatric advanced life support training & emergency equipment, and Survive to Thrive – building capacity for neonatal care.