Anticipated Launch: November 2007
East Meets West has already built the network, completed the R&D, found the partners and begun the program in Vietnam. It has started developing working relationships with the local medical system in Laos and hopes to soon expand into the rest of Southeast Asia.
EMW hopes that by the end of 2007 stage one will be complete and 90% of all big-city and provincial hospitals in Vietnam will have 2-5 CPAP machines. By the summer of 2008, EMW hopes to also provide each hospital with necessary phototherapy and infant warmers and deliver the full neo-natal package to at least 100 rural district hospitals.
Summary of Activity: EMW commits to identifying sites in need of neo-natal equipment and providing them with the necessary equipment, as well as training the doctors and nurses, and setting up the monitoring plan.
Participants in this Activity: Key partners are East Meets West (funding, program management, direct training), KSE Medical (design, build, deliver and service equipment) and the National Hospital of Pediatrics (provides medical training to doctors and nurses, helps identify and work with rural hospitals).
Measures of Success:
Success will be measured from actual monitoring of hospital data collected by doctors as well as independent monitoring efforts. The parameters of measurement will be infants treated, reductions in infant mortality and infant morbidity.
The key to reducing infant mortality is providing help in the first 24-48 hours of life. About four million babies die each year in the developing world during this period - most from easily preventable causes like respiratory distress, exposure, hypothermia and infection. Infant mortality like this is unacceptably high. In Vietnam alone, 20,000 babies die each year from respiratory distress, and similar numbers suffer from hypothermia, exposure, jaundice and other easily-preventable ailments.
Before the expansion of the Breath of life Program, these hospitals in Cambodia, East Timor and Laos lacked the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Units) facilities to treat newborn patients, leading to high rates of mortality and morbidity.
SEEKING: Financial Resources, Best Practice Information
East Meets West Foundation is seeking additional donors to help it bring the program to completion by reaching the remaining hospitals in its target countries. It is also seeking institutions eager to research, study, and publish results on the achievements of the program to date.
OFFERING: Implementing Partners, Best Practice Information
East Meets West Foundation offers a proven, locally-sustainable model of clinical newborn care that governments, institutions and NGOs might benefit from adopting.