Changing the face of neonatal care in Vietnam
Canterbury Christ Church University’s Department of Health, Wellbeing and Family has teamed up with a charitable organisation, Newborns Vietnam, to put itself at the heart of a project to advance neonatal care in central Vietnam.
Working in partnership with Da Nang’s Department of Health and a local hospital, the first training programme for Vietnam’s neonatal nurses has been developed and introduced.
The 18-month course for qualified Vietnamese nurses at Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children officially started in March 2013 with a cohort of twenty-six students preparing to receive face-to-face lectures and practical sessions delivered by Christ Church academics. In addition the students are receiving ‘live’ distance tuition with full translation.
Debra Towse, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care, said: “We believe this is a first for a UK university and we are really proud to be leading on such a critical project of change which will benefit nurses, infants and their families in Vietnam.”
This health education plan represents a crucial development in helping to improve outcomes for mothers and babies in Vietnam and is the first step towards a national neonatal programme. Furthermore, it carries the ultimate aim of promoting long term changes to working practices.