October 30 to November 14, 2010
The 25 member team with 5 physicians, 1 PA, 6 dentists, 3 pharmacists, 3 nurses, 2 dental assistants and support staff was one of the largest team sent by the WHA program. This international team was comprised of medical and dental personnel from Canada, United States and our host country Vietnam.
This year our medical teaching team consisted of specialists in gastroenterology and cardiothoracic surgery.
Join us for upcoming events
December 3rd, 2011 - Post mission celebration in Tysons Corner, Virginia
February 2011 - VMS Inauguration Ball in Dallas, Texas
April 2011 - Medical Teaching mission
August 2011 - VAMA international convention in Ottawa, Canada
Vietnamese American Medical Association
INOVA Alexandria Hospital (VA)
Christiana Care Hospital (DE)
Most of the team members have returned back safely from Vietnam this past week. The U.S. Customs welcomed us home and allowed us to bring back our equipment and supplies. This definitely was a memorable mission, filled with unexpected events, numerous days of frustration, much laughter and tears. Despite the many twists and turns, we were able to treat more than 1,200 patients, establish new friendships and diplomatic connections, and achieve tentative long term working agreement. We accomplished much on this mission, far exceeding our expectations.
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"The past few days were a whirlwind of emotions. During these days, the nursing staff was responsible for processing each and every patient... We mantained the frontline"
The team treated over 1,200 patients in 4 villages and one bhuddist temple located high in the mountains. We were the first large foreign medical team that had visited these villages. The people and local health providers were amazed with our thorough examinations. These villages were very economically depressed and really needed our help.
"I'm glad and thankful that anh Minh and I are finally able to go on a medical mission. It's like a dream come true because this is something I've always wanted to do for a long time" - Mai.
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"Our final clnic day we saw the worst of the wounds. A young girl came in for dental care and forgot to mention the two large lacerations on her scalp from falling the day before. A young man was brought to the clinic with facial cuts and dental injuries after being involved in a motorbike accident. It took both the medical and dental team to patch them up. This was true team work." - Jennifer, PA
The dental team was equipped with 4 portable dental units and one dental van. It had its own power generator and provided oral extraction and light restorative dental procedures. This was one of our most well equipped dental mission to date
"I love to see the kids smile" - Thang, DDS
"The school of medicine is at a cross road of trying to adapt and utilize new technology available. They need clinical and technical skills and the WHA is in the position to help... The WHA can make a lasting impression in the life of everyone who live in this region." - Hiep, MD
Our teaching team visited and gave lectures at the Can Tho School of Health Sciences. Our Can Tho team is very grateful for the warm reception given by school faculty and students and looks forward to working more closely with the School of Health Sciences in the near future.
With your generous donations and support, the World Health Ambassador is able to deliver health care, provide teaching, and offer emergency relief to underserved populations in the United States and abroad. Since its inception in 2005, the program has provided care to the people of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and victims of hurricane Katrina.Your contributions this holiday season will help alleviate suffering for those less fortunate.
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