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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 3safely care for expecting mothers and their newborns, especially regarding immunization schedules. This is so crucial because immunizations are the first line of defense against disease and illnesses, especially in rural areas of Vietnam where there isn’t always safe water or sanitation. Newborns are especially vulnerable, and health workers are eager to expand their professional knowledge to better care for the littlest members of their community.

The Center for Preventative Medicine of TT Hue Province, in partnership with Chan May Hospital in Phu Loc District, recently completed a workshop that coaches health workers on how to counsel new 7mothers on the importance of immunizations and other newborn health concerns. Health workers are specifically targeting the importance of newborns receiving Hepatitis B immunizations within 24 hours of birth. The purpose of the workshop is to reinforce the knowledge of the health workers about the prevention of Hepatitis B and how to safely administer immunizations, manage any reactions post-immunization, and counsel the mother on the importance of staying on the recommended immunization schedule to avoid disease and illnesses. MEDRIX community health flipbooks were also utilized to describe how to counsel mothers on pregnancy health, sanitation, nutrition and immunizations.

The training workshop was instructed by the facilitators from the department Infectious Disease 1Control of Center for Preventative Medicine and the Emergency Department of Chan May Hospital.

At the workshop the participants also shared their personal experiences in managing patient reactions and how they follow up with the mothers and newborns after the immunization. The participants said this training workshop is very important for the health workers who are in charge of the immunization administration, and to understand how to best protect mother and child. The Director of Chan May Hospital, pictured to the right, stated, “The workshop like this need to be held more frequently to help the health worker the review the knowledge and share their experiences.”

Thank you to our donors for their generous support for workshops like this! They are crucially needed in many areas of Vietnam, and the health workers who participate are very eager to expand their knowledge and better serve their patients!

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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, 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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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