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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, 2epidemic prevention or safe water usage. The goal of these workshops are to keep kids and their families healthy and to avoid preventable but serious illnesses. Our most recent courses finished up in late December.

Our partners in Vietnam report that upon completion of the course, 66 preschool teachers were adequately trained to provide breathing exercises related to choking or drowning, first aid for burns or wounds, and how to help young children with personal hygiene such as handwashing.

Teachers were also trained how to prevent the GI diseases related to unsafe water and environment sanitation…The Preschool teachers are very serious in studying, working hard to complete assignment and don’t mind to travel long way to join the class on time. The District office for education and training and the leadership of preschools are very interested in the content of the training. The teaching team was supported by the location authority in cooperation in the class organization and sending all the participants to participate to the training course.

8It is because of our generous donors and supporters that MEDRIX is able to continue sponsoring community health projects like this, and we sincerely thank you for your help! In the next few months, there will be many safe water systems being installed in preschools and health clinics, just in time for summer. Safe water to drink will help keep kids and their families healthy and hydrated in the heat. The systems that MEDRIX and our partners are purchasing also meet the highest standards of the EPA, the World Health Organization, and the standards of the government of Vietnam. On behalf of the many kids who will have a healthy summer and school year to look forward to, we thank you!

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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


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

17 year old Kpiuh Hieu was facing a life of uncertainty and poor health: with heart pain and extreme fatigue and weakness, his future looked bleak. Kpiuh belongs to the Gia Rai ethnic minority group that live in rural villages in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Without the ability to perform any manual labor due […] Read more

In October 2015, MEDRIX Executive Director LaRelle Catherman led a nursing leadership course at National Pediatric Hospital in Vietnam, designed to empower and encourage head nurses of critical departments. Upon course completion, our partners asked MEDRIX project manager Ms. Ha to teach a conversational English course to the same group of nurses who felt that […] Read more


When MEDRIX met 16 year old Duc in October 2015, he was an extremely ill boy: it was difficult for him to speak and he was visibly weak and very thin. His mother was very worried about his prognosis of congenital heart defect because he had an aunt with heart issues also, and another aunt […] Read more


    The generosity and support of our donors helps to ensure that MEDRIX is able to continually give back to children and families in Vietnam through our medical and education projects. We wouldn’t be able to do it without you!  With the busy holidays upon us, there are some small and simple ways to help […] Read more

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Because of you, MEDRIX has been able to sponsor five heart surgeries for deserving children and adults in Vietnam–and ALL of them have been successful! Five more families are able to look forward to a happy and healthy future without being held back by heart defects. And recently MEDRIX was able to sponsor a sixth […] Read more


Did you know that it’s never been easier to support MEDRIX? Now you can give back to kids and families in Vietnam, every time you shop! Shopping through AmazonSmile gives you the same online shopping experience that you’re used to–and at the end of your purchase, Amazon donates 0.5% of your total to MEDRIX! It […] Read more