ICU Unit Project Overview

Hospital Enhancement

The project is to establish a four bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the Cancer Hospital of Ho Chi Minh City. The hospital is the only facility available in the southern half of the country to treat children with cancer. At present, the hospital has no pediatric ICU facility. The incidence of children with certain childhood cancers is higher than in any other regional Asian countries, which doctors attribute in part to gene disorders resulting from the use of dioxins (Agent Orange) during the Vietnam War.

Hospital Geographic Coverage

The hospital is the largest cancer treatment center in the southern half of Vietnam, serving a population of 50 million. There are currently no monitoring systems in the hospital for critically ill children. The biggest challenge for the doctors is keeping children alive following treatment. The establishment of an ICU will significantly improve their chances of survival. In the current situation, the health care providers lack the simple basic equipment to care for their young patients.

Equipment Installation

Once funds are raised, procurement, shipping and installation of equipment will take 4-6 weeks.

Expected Health Care Improvement

Treatment of childhood cancer is one of the great success stories of medicine in the past 30 years. In developed countries, up to 3 out of 4 children can expect a cure. That is our goal for Vietnam.

Equipment Maintenance

The Cancer Hospital of Ho Chi Minh City will own, maintain, operate and secure all items purchased and installed for this project. The hospital administration will make contact with a local medical maintenance service provider to maintain help in the procurement of any spare parts, needed for maintaining the equipment, that might be difficult to obtain.

Personnel Training on Equipment

This project will provide training to the staff at the Cancer Hospital of Ho Chi Minh City.

Equipment Customs Clearance

Customs clearance will be done by Assist International and the Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients (SAPP). SAPP is an Vietnamese organization, chaired by Chairman Nghiep, the former chairman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City. The track record between Assist International and SAPP include past project support where equipment was imported with no duty. Chairman Nghiep has committed SAPP to be the Consignee of the medical equipment we will provide the Cancer Hospital. Therefore, the challenge of receiving the equipment in Vietnam will be personally met by the SAPP and the Chairman at no cost to the project.

Hospital Room Preparation

The hospital has funds to do the renovations needed to properly receive the equipment.

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