MEDRIX Half-Yearly Newsletter
MEDRIX is so thankful for our generous donors who make our programs possible every day! You play a key role in changing lives forever in Vietnam, and we sincerely thank you! Take a look at what you’ve helped MEDRIX accomplish so far in 2017.
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Thanks to you, MEDRIX has sponsored 3 life-saving heart surgeries so far in 2017! Nga, Tu and Huong now have a chance to finish their education and have a happy childhood ahead of them! Read more about their stories on our website by clicking the button below.
In February and March, MEDRIX volunteer educators Drs. Ilene Schwartz and Carol Davis led a comprehensive autism education program at National Children’s Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam. This is the second time they have traveled with MEDRIX, and their strong relationship with our Vietnamese colleagues  have enabled the leaders at NCH to complete their own autism workshops, which are now ongoing! 77 participants have been trained in 2017, and will be making a huge difference in their communities!
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Pediatric Education Workshops completed in spring 2017
  • Stress Management for Nursing Professionals and Parents: led by MEDRIX Board member Margui Rutherford. Margui counseled 82 participants from National Children’s Hospital in Hanoi and Hue Central Hospital in Hue. Participants learned the effects of psychological stress on caregivers and parents of autistic children, and the importance of self-care.
  • Nursing Assessment for Pediatric Autistic Patients: led by Barbara Jabbusch. Barbara worked with professionals in many different departments at National Children’s Hospital and Hue Central Hospital such as ICU, CCU, and Psychiatric Dept. Participants learned the importance of nursing leadership and comprehensive physical assessments in pediatric patients.
  • Policies and Procedures: led by Tamara Nau and LaRelle Catherman, this was the 4th workshop on how to develop effective policies and procedures to promote patient safety. Participants underwent individual evaluations with the MEDRIX team and got personalized feedback on their great work to date.
  • IMCI (Pediatric Education): MEDRIX partners at Hue Central Hospital unveiled an exciting new pilot program, IMCI for Newborns. This refresher course was a comprehensive and intense 5 day session that truly challenged participants: the usual IMCI workshop is 11 days! Thank you to Dr. Hung and all of the leaders at Hue Central Hospital, who have trained 44 doctors, nurses and midwives so far in 2017!
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Community Health and Water Program
MEDRIX has been proud to sponsor ongoing community education workshops in rural areas of Thua Thien-Hue Province in Central Vietnam to go alongside our safe water and sanitation projects. Comprehensive education is the way to create true change in a community. Our partners at the Center for Preventative Medicine of Thua Thien-Hue Province have completed 1 workshop so far in 2017 that reached 78 preschool teachers and health staff from Nam Dong and Phu Loc Districts. The best part of this training was that it was led by community health leaders from A Luoi District, which was chronically under-served several years ago when MEDRIX began to focus efforts in A Luoi. Now, the leaders that received training from MEDRIX over the past few years are now the experts! They are training their colleagues and making this program truly sustainable. MEDRIX could not be happier by the impact that your donations and support have made on this program over the years: we truly thank you.
The MEDRIX team wishes you a very happy summer! Thank you for your dedication and partnership with MEDRIX to change lives forever in Vietnam: we couldn’t do it without you! ​​​​​​​  •  P: 425-485-5423  •