FedEx and Heartbeat Vietnam Launch 5th Year of ‘FedEx Delivers Heartbeats’
Mobile Outreach Clinics Provide Free Cardiac Healthcare to Children with Congenital Heart Disease in Rural Vietnam
HO CHI MINH CITY, June 26, 2015— FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company and a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), and Heartbeat Vietnam, an initiative of the VinaCapital Foundation, today launched the 5th year of FedEx Delivers Heartbeats. Through mobile medical outreach clinics, the program will provide healthcare services to underprivileged children suffering from congenital heart defects and living in remote provinces in Vietnam with little or no access to transportation.
Leading cardiologists from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang will facilitate each two-to-four-day clinic to provide free cardiac care for 200-1000 children per provinces, including diagnostic testing, treatment, and even placement on the cardiac surgery waiting list if necessary. Children who receive surgeries through Heartbeat Vietnam can access the free clinics for their post-operative care to avoid numerous and costly trips to hospitals in Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang or Hanoi.
“We are extremely proud that the FedEx Delivers Heartbeats program has been such a success in the past 4 years. Most of the children seen at the clinics come from impoverished families who can’t afford proper treatment or a trip to the cities for diagnosis. By taking the doctors to them, we have found over 5000 children who might never have been diagnosed,” states Ms. Robin King Austin, CEO/Executive Director of the VinaCapital Foundation. “Thanks to the continuous generous support from FedEx, we will continue to expand the program in 2015 and send more doctors to rural provinces in Vietnam to help children suffering from heart defects and chronic diseases”.
FedEx employees are also involved by providing manpower assistance during the clinic visits, which includes patient registration and post-operative help for the patients and their families.
“After seeing the positive impact made by FedEx Delivers Heartbeats to the lives of so many children in rural Vietnam, we are more committed than ever to support the program,” said Nguyen Duy Binh, Senior Manager of Indochina and Chief Representative of FedEx Vietnam. “We hope the treatment they receive will allow them to live long, healthy, and prosperous lives.”
Last year, FedEx Delivers Heartbeats brought 26 mobile medical outreach clinics to 13 provinces and 17 districts across Vietnam, delivering free healthcare services to 6,103 children, 426 of whom needed to have heart surgery soon. This year’s program will extend its reach to 16 provinces in Vietnam, focusing mainly on highland areas in Northern Vietnam.
Since 2011, FedEx Delivers Heartbeats has sent 1240 medical staff to 51 districts in 34 provinces. The medical teams have provided cardiac care to 29,139 children, offering free diagnosis including 18,205 cardiac ultrasounds, 1,399 post-operative checkups and counseling.
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