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Developing a grassroots community program has so many rewarding and fun parts to it: seeing smiles on kid’s faces as they learn how to hand-wash with soap, sponsoring safe water systems to many villages in desperate need of a suitable water source for drinking, and laughter as health professionals practice CPR and life-saving measures on each other to ensure that their littlest patients are always safe in their care. One of the less exciting but just as important parts of a program is, yes, the paperwork.

Evaluating a program ensures that your generous donations have been put to good use, and are effectively working to reduce waterborne illnesses and increase access to safe drinking water in rural villages in Vietnam. Sure, it’s not nearly as fun as singing songs about health with preschoolers. But program evaluation is really the backbone of any sustainable community health program, and MEDRIX highly values sustainability and effectiveness in all of our partnerships and programs.

Right now, in addition to preparing for back-to-school workshops and safe water systems being installed in more schools, our partners at the Center for Preventative Medicine in Thua Thien-Hue are hard at work visiting the villages and clinics where our programs take place. Led by public health expert Dr.

Hoang Ha Tu, public health researchers are surveying families for their feedback on the community health efforts led by MEDRIX partners in TT Hue. This on-the-ground research will be vital as we develop our next phase of our water and hygiene partnership with the Center for Preventative Medicine. Our workshops always get outstanding feedback from parents and teachers. But the long-term effects on health are just as important if we want to make a difference in Vietnam.

We’ll be excited to share the results of these evaluations with you as soon as we receive them! You are truly our partners in this program, just as much as our partners in Vietnam who carry out the work. Without your support and your care, MEDRIX wouldn’t be able to reach more and more families in Vietnam every year. We value your input and your support, and the families in Vietnam who are recipients of this program are always quick to say, “Please give our thanks to the dear donors!” We sincerely thank you for your support in this ongoing effort to improve health and livelihood in Vietnam!

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Three more lives have been saved, thanks to the generosity of MEDRIX donors! Congenital heart defects are some of the most common birth defects globally, but it can still be a struggle to receive the care needed in areas of Vietnam. Surgery continues to be expensive, even when families qualify for government assistance. Treks to […] Read more

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MEDRIX is so fortunate to have several volunteer educators in Vietnam right now, leading workshops for our partners at National Children’s Hospital in Hanoi! We couldn’t have done it without the amazing volunteers who led our spring trip and shared invaluable information with our colleagues. Margui Rutherford, MEDRIX Board Member: taught workshop on psychological stress […] Read more

The MEDRIX Team recently received this touching letter from a recent heart surgery recipient, Ma Thi Thuy Hang, an 18 year old medical student. We want to share her inspiring story with our donors and supporters to let them know the enormous impact they’ve had on Ms. Hang’s life.  Dear the Donors, My name is […] Read more

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. For those who never receive heart surgery in childhood, a lifetime of a weak heart […] Read more

‘Tis the season…the holidays are upon us, and what an amazing year 2016 has been! Thanks to your generosity and support, MEDRIX was able to sponsor 22 life-saving heart surgeries this year: TWENTY TWO!! This was an unexpected but very appreciated gift that simply wouldn’t be possible without you.  The MEDRIX team and all of […] Read more

We recently shared with you the great success we’ve had in bringing safe water systems and education to rural villages in Vietnam. We were able to fully fund 31 LifeStraw safe water systems for rural communities in Thua Thien-Hue Province in Central Vietnam. The systems will be installed in preschools, primary schools and health clinics […] Read more

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