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Summer is almost gone and it’s time for kids to head back to school! MEDRIX has committed to installing 31 LifeStraw safe water systems in preschools and clinics in rural Vietnam this year, and thanks to your generosity, the installation will begin NEXT WEEK! But we don’t stop at installing necessary equipment like drinking and handwashing stations: we believe that community education is the real key to promoting health and happiness.

MEDRIX and the Center for Preventative Medicine of Thua Thien-Hue Province in Central Vietnam are parents-attend-workshop-at-phu-xuan-preschoolcommitted to providing community outreach and education efforts into the most rural villages in order to stop waterborne illnesses and emergency situations. We pair our education workshops with installation of safe water systems to create an immediate change in the communities that need it most. Throughout August and early September, we’ve been sponsoring workshops throughout Thua Thien-Hue Province for parents and community members to learn more about how to prevent disease, illness and how to treat emergency situations such as drowning and learning CPR.

Our dedicated partners Dr. Tu and Dr. Thao have been facilitating the workshops, creating relationships dr-thao-joins-the-lunch-with-the-children-at-phong-chuong-preschoolwith many parents, and as you’ll see below, having some fun as well! Relationships like these are key to cultivating trust within the community and creating long-term change: parents will be more trusting, and invite MEDRIX and our partners to hold more workshops in the future. Ultimately, this most benefits young kids like the ones pictured in this report as they grow up making healthy choices. Their parents also will have new knowledge of hygiene, sanitation and how to help kids in the community by implementing CPR when needed. This education creates a cycle of sustainability that will change the face of health in these villages for generations to come.

We’ve included some great pictures in this report to give you, our generous donors, an inside look on the education efforts made in rural communities. Next up will be the installation of 31 safe water systems right before school starts again! 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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Thousands of children in Vietnam younger than five years of age suffer from heart disease. Children’s heart disease is the most common birth defect globally and 90% of the children born in developing countries have no access to the care they need. With labored breathing and lack of energy, these children are not able to attend school […] Read more

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 water.  In rural Vietnam, there are many obstacles to accessing safe water to drink and cook with. It is time-consuming […] Read more

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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