ChildFund Vietnam specifically based this project on the needs of minority women and their children living in the area because national health programs often do not reach these remote communities. Through community discussion ChildFund learnt that previously most women felt the community health centres lacked equipment and skilled workers to provide proper health services.
“For a long time, partly due to the shortage of equipment and updated technical knowledge, we have had to deal with lots of difficulties. Some of the basic health care services like prenatal care or general check-up for children can be done at our centre but for those more complex services like child delivery, people tend to choose a district hospital though they may have to double their distance to reach it,” said Mr Hoang Van Thu, head of Duong Son healthcare centre.
Now, the new healthcare centres have nine functional rooms, toilet blocks, waste processing tanks and access to clean water. ChildFund has also trained healthcare workers so they are better equipped to provide regular treatment services to their patients.