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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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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


MEDRIX was honored to attend a celebration at National Pediatric Hospital in Vietnam for World Autism Awareness Day! The dedicated staff members decided to throw a party for their little patients and their families during a regular work day. Both the staff members and the kids work hard every day at integrating new treatment methods […] Read more

UPDATE 2/25/2015: Check out some new pictures near the bottom of the gallery! TET, or Lunar New Year in Vietnam, is just ending and all of the nursing students are ready to get back into the swing of nursing after a fun time off! MEDRIX is in Vietnam right now with the 2015 Northwest University […] Read more

Take a look at a few of the many great moments from the MEDRIX Benefit Luncheon, held on November 1st 2014. Thank you to our wonderful volunteer photographer, Molly Pechacek! Read more

The holidays are almost upon us, challenging us to ask ourselves, What am I thankful for? This inevitably leads us to think about all of the people who do not have all that we do, and what their lives are like without the basic necessities. This year, MEDRIX is thankful for you! Your generous donation helped […] Read more

Diseases such as diarrhea are major killers for children under five, and the solution is sometimes as simple as a bar of soap! MEDRIX works diligently to share community health and hygiene practices in rural villages in Vietnam, as well as overseeing installation of hand-washing stations in preschools and primary schools. Take a look at […] Read more

MEDRIX is very excited to continue our ongoing Autism Education Workshop in Vietnam right now! MEDRIX is partnered with National Pediatric Hospital. Together we collaborate to bring new knowledge regarding autism diagnostics and therapeutic techniques to rural doctors, nurses, psychologists, early childhood teachers, and community members! Current MEDRIX travelers include Shere Hawk, a special needs […] Read more

Little Vu was discharged from the hospital on March 31 of this year, and continues to be thriving! Recently his mother took Vu, now six months old, to Hue Central Hospital for a check-up, and was thrilled to learn that he is recovering very well! Since the surgery was completed successfully, he has gained 3 […] Read more