In the last blog on East Meets Foundation in Vietnam we focused mainly on their water program, though they do have so many other projects also worth mentioning.
Therefore, now we’d like to introduce some more of their projects and share the latest developments with you.
Breath of Life (BOL)
EMW’s Breath of Life Program focuses on reducing infant mortality by providing neonatal care. EMW trains medical personnel and provides customized, low-cost and locally-manufactured neonatal equipment. This way they have been able to save thousands of infant lives already. Not surprisingly this program draws attention and is featured in several international media as best practice example.
So far BOL distributed 150 neonatal machines to 62 hospitals and trained more than 90 medical employees in basic newborn care.
Eye Care Hospital & Training Center
This new project in Ho Chi Minh City aims to improve the health care infrastructure in Vietnam. EMW supports the upgrade of an existing eye care center that currently provides 10,000 poor and low income patients with free check-ups, surgeries and related services.
The building of the center was originally used as a hotel and is therefore not really suitable to accommodate an adequately equipped hospital and training center. The redesign is already completed and construction work starts this months. The Eye Care Hospital and Training Center is scheduled to open by end of 2012.
Together with the Australian Chapter of the Disability Sport & Recreation Organization EMW organizes Cycle Power – a cycling race taking place in July this year. A group of 25 cyclists, both with and without disabilities, ride across Vietnam to raise awareness and funds for more inclusion of the disabled in sports and recreational activities.
The race ends in Hanoi with a ceremonial handover of 20 sports wheelchairs and a demonstration game of wheel chair sports on July 17th .The same day marks the start of EMW’s Disabilities Sport Program that works to encourage people with disabilities to participate in sports and recreational activities. Further, the program aims to ensure adequate access to health rehabilitation.
An event with similar objectives takes place in July 2011 in Cambodia: The World Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) organizes a six-days international volleyball tournament for athletes with disabilities in Phnom Penh to raise awareness for their cause and provide equal opportunities.
Click here for more information on the WOVD World Volleyball Cup in Cambodia.
So much for today – these are by far not all programs of EMW. We will constantly keep you updated and introduce you to new initiatives.