To assist our Vietnamese healthcare colleagues in enhancing pediatric surgical capacity and increasing access to surgical and emergency care for all children of Vietnam.
Lead by University of Illinois College of Medicine Drs. AiXuan and Mark Holterman, the mission is to enhance the care of the children in Vietnam through partnership with Vietnamese professionals in healthcare workforce and institutional capacity building. The program provides educational and training exchanges, material and equipment, and academic support, and delivery of outreach surgery. The team makes twice-yearly visits to Vietnam for program developments at major Children’s Hospitals of the North, Central and South Vietnam. In addition to surgical care, the project has expanded to include pediatric emergency medicine, pediatric oncology, and simulation medicine training.
GoalsTo provide education and training opportunities for our Vietnamese healthcare colleagues through:
- Participation in lecture and interactive sessions
- Support of academic activities at major pediatric hospitals, medical schools and schools of nursing in Vietnam
- Acquiring essential equipment for our Vietnamese colleagues
- Collaborating with our Vietnamese colleagues to identify children who have limited access to surgical treatment
- Providing and implementing mechanisms to bring these children to centers where they can receive proper surgical evaluation and treatment
- Identifying innovative means of enhancing patient access to surgical care
IPSAC-VN (International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of VietNam) is a 501 (c) (3) philanthropic organization of volunteer clinicians and support personnel.
For additional information, please visit: www.ipsacvietnam.org