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Summer is finally here! Kids are excited to have a break from school, but no school also means that they might not have easy access to something that we often take for granted: safe drinking water2012 School Water Projects-77 CROP

In rural Vietnam, there are many obstacles to accessing safe water to drink and cook with. It is time-consuming and can be expensive to ensure that families have the fuel, such as firewood, that is needed to boil water until it is safe for consumption. A family could spend all day boiling the amount of water needed to cook meals and stay properly hydrated in the hot summer months. Additionally, all that smoke negatively affects the environment and the respiratory health of people, especially young children. 

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, MEDRIX is able to sponsor the installation of 31 LifeStraw safe water systems in preschools, primary schools and health clinics throughout rural areas of Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam. Even when school’s out, local clinics remain a hub for activity. Safe water systems placed strategically throughout the community gives local people the opportunity to easily access drinking water that is free from bacteria and waterborne illnesses. The water systems placed at the schools will provide local kids with regular access to safe water, keeping them healthy and hydrated in 2012 School Water Projects-59the hot months. 

The water systems that MEDRIX and our partners have chosen through the company LifeStraw meet the highest standards for the EPA, the World Health Organization and the health standards of the government of Vietnam. Installation will be complete in the next few weeks, so please make sure to check back here and on our Facebook page for more updates and new photos! The installations will be followed up by community health workshops throughout Central Vietnam to reinforce safe water and hygiene standards that are necessary for health and 2012 School Water Projects-108 TWITTER CROPreduce the spread of GI and waterborne diseases. Over time, practicing health habits like frequent hand washing and drinking only safe water will become routine, and rural communities will see fewer preventable diseases and illnesses. Kids will be able to stay in school instead of frequently being sick from diarrheal illnesses caused by waterborne bacteria.

All of these things wouldn’t be possible without you! Our supporters make a real difference in these communities in Central Vietnam, and the impact will continue far into the future. We sincerely thank you for partnering with MEDRIX to benefit kids and families in Vietnam! 

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Thanks to the support of MEDRIX donors and partners, another community health workshop has wrapped up and its participants are eager to share their new knowledge within their communities! Recently health workers from Phu Loc District participated in a workshop that demonstrated how to safely care for expecting mothers and their newborns, especially regarding immunization […] Read more

MEDRIX and the Center for Preventative Medicine in TT Hue Province provide community health training workshops for teachers and parents. These workshops have been ongoing for several years, and strive to share basic community health standards and techniques such as drowning or choking hazards, epidemic prevention or safe water usage. The goal of these workshops […] Read more

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Last week we shared the story of Hung, who was approved for heart surgery sponsorship. He also got a new name: his given name represented conflict and hatred. MEDIX Executive Director LaRelle Catherman suggested a new name for him to go with his new lease on life: it was decided to call him Hung, which means […] Read more

Here is a report “from the field” by our Safe Water Director Robert Catherman, who is currently in Vietnam with the MEDRIX team and participated first-hand in heart patient interviews. Please read his account below, and thank you to our supporters for changing lives in Vietnam in ways that MEDRIX never even imagined. Today was […] Read more

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Why a World Water Day? World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. […] Read more