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Saving lives in Vietnam

December 2016 │ Vietnam

As part of the Deutsche Bank Born to Be programme, Deutsche Bank Vietnam partners with Ho Chi Minh Children’s Hospital 1 to help children with heart conditions from impoverished backgrounds in and around Ho Chi Minh. With the bank’s help, for the past 11 years, the children are able to undergo life-saving heart surgeries and other heart intervention treatments and go on to live full healthy lives.

To further the partnership with the hospital, last year Deutsche Bank donated much needed medical equipment to the hospital, which has significantly increased the hospital’s efficiency and impacted the lives of more children. This year, the bank continues to support the hospital with a donation of two monitors and 13 IV pumps. The equipment will enable medical staff to monitor patients’ conditions pre and post-surgery and improve the level of care provided to the patients.

In November, Jens Ruebbert, Chief Country Officer of Deutsche Bank Vietnam, along with staff, visited the hospital to present the new equipment in a hand-over ceremony. This year’s ceremony featured a special music performance by the visually impaired young children living at the Huynh De Nhu Nghia (HDNN) Blind Centre, another charity in Ho Chi Minh supported by the bank. The centre provides shelter, education and medical care for visually impaired children.

“This is the second year that we are able to support the clinic and its patients through donation of equipment. Listening to the performance of the young children of the HDNN Blind Centre during the hand-over ceremony was a very special and moving moment for me,” Ruebbert said.

Dr. Nguyen Thanh Hung, Director of the hospital, said that the new machines will enable the hospital to treat hundreds of patients with severe diseases and in need of respiratory support.

Ruebbert and staff were taken on a tour of the hospital after the ceremony, allowing them a glimpse of the daily life in the hospital. Touched by the passion and dedication of the doctors and the staff, Ruebbert commented, “It is wonderful that the children are able to receive treatment under the care of the doctors and the staff. They are truly admirable; many lives are saved every day. It simply puts things in a very different perspective.”

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Last Update: December 12, 2016
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