Our unique approach developed over the last ten years:
Fellowships · In-country Training · Equipment Donation
Fellowships for Vietnamese medics are key to the charity’s success. The program started in the UK in 2015 and continues to expand its network which now includes the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada, and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in the USA. Since inception, over 100 Vietnamese medics have been offered fellowships to the UK, Canada and the USA, giving them the opportunity to observe and learn new techniques and approaches. As a result, the Difficult Airways Society (UK) has introduced its guidelines into Vietnam, and is collaborating intensively with the country. Over the next five years, FTW plans at least 140 more fellowships to top hospitals internationally. Fellowships are offered to doctors from hospitals where FTW is setting up craniofacial centers. Doctors are offered 2-6 week fellowships, all costs associated with which are covered by the charity (approx. £11,100 per 2 week fellowship, increasing incrementally). Craniofacial medicine and surgery consists of a multidisciplinary approach and as such all doctors, surgeons and ancillary specialists from each hospital are offered fellowships.
In-country Training builds on the fellowships, and is delivered by the charity’s teams during medical missions to Vietnam in which they and the Vietnamese teams operate jointly, putting the new approaches and techniques to use. The missions typically last a week and the international doctors who participate in the missions come exclusively from units where the fellowship program is active in the UK, Canada and the USA. This serves to build on the continual educational process. Since 2008, there have been on average two missions to Vietnam per year. Smaller additional missions covering specific surgical topics and approaches have proven a resounding success. FTW will now increase mission numbers over the next five years to between four and six per year. All missions now include teaching conferences to which doctors throughout Vietnam are invited.
Telemedicine: a crucial element for long term scalability. FTW has been able to donate to all of its partner hospitals in Vietnam telemedicine capability through the InTouch Health platform. This connectivity will allow foreign experts to continue advising and teaching on a regular basis without physically being in country. In the short term the charity expects to enable a link with one of its foreign partner centers, thereby once again extending the teaching possibilities. In the medium term this will be rolled out in a few strategic clinics across Vietnam, thereby facilitating an outreach program to bring expertise and screening to remote areas without the large capital expenditure which would otherwise be required.
Equipment needs are identified in collaboration with the charity’s partner hospitals in Vietnam. In the past two years alone, FTW has coordinated donations of £2 million of medical equipment, including InTouch telemedicine to Hong Ngoc, Viet-Duc, K (Cancer), and 108 Military Central hospitals as a start to extending the national and international linking and treatment capabilities.
Official status in Vietnam and other recent developments.
In Vietnam, FTW has been granted PACCOM registration. The charity has since signed MOUs with VAVA, the Vietnam Red Cross and Direct Relief. Direct Relief, one of the world’s largest foundations, has earmarked $100 million in potential donations annually to Vietnam, now that direct relationships with Vietnam have been facilitated by the charity.
Through intensive collaborations with Da Nang General Hospital, Viet-Duc University Hospital, 108 Military Central Hospital, and Hong Ngoc General Hospital and their respective inclusive networks, the charity can leverage its approach and expertise through the vast range of hospitals networked throughout Vietnam’s three medical systems. The charity has a Vietnamese patron and long-term financial supporters giving it a sound platform from which to continue to expand its services throughout Vietnam.
In 2017, the Rt Hon Theresa May, then British Prime Minister, commended the charity with a Points of Light award in recognition of excellence. The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations awarded the charity the medal for Peace and Friendship among Nations. The charity was also presented with the Vietnam President’s Medal for Friendship. It has been officially endorsed by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group for Vietnam and the Vietnam-UK Network.
OUR SHORT TERM VISION: train 140 more doctors and perform
40,000 life-changing operations over 5 years