Med­i­cal stu­dents on aid trip to Viet­nam

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

MED­I­CAL stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Notre Dame are col­lect­ing more than 100kg worth of med­i­cal sup­plies for the sick and dy­ing in Viet­nam’s poor­est com­mu­ni­ties.

The group of half-a-dozen first and sec­ond year stu­dents will vol­un­teer their time, as well as the equip­ment, to clin­ics in Viet­nam help­ing disadvantaged lo­cals and those liv­ing with HIV, as well as a school for the blind and some or­phan­ages.

Stu­dent Lara Franklin said the group had spent the past five months fundrais­ing for equip­ment such as wound dress­ings, sur­gi­cal gloves, saline, gauze, an­ti­sep­tic so­lu­tions and su­tures, which would be vi­tal tools for the clin­ics.

“The funds and equip­ment we do­nate di­rectly im­pact on health out­comes for the pa­tients at­tend­ing the clin­ics,” she said.

“Last year’s group of stu­dents talked about how within an hour of ar­riv­ing at the clinic the IV saline that they had brought with them was be­ing used to pro­vide pal­lia­tive care to an end-stage HIV patient.

“The funds raised and do­nated to the clinic will pay for months of anti-vi­ral treat­ment and other med­i­ca­tions for pa­tients who would other­wise go with­out.

“I think most of us know, or have been told, about the ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances in these ar­eas of need; how­ever, be­ing present and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the dis­ad­van­tage and bar­ri­ers of pro­vid­ing health care in a de­vel­op­ing coun­try will be a com­pletely ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Vol­un­teer Viet­nam is a not­for-profit Univer­sity of Notre Dame so­cial jus­tice pro­gram be­gun by med­i­cal stu­dents in 2005.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d472521

Univer­sity of Notre Dame med­i­cal stu­dents Lauren Kerr,Tony Boynes and Laura Wer­man are col­lect­ing sup­plies to bring to Viet­nam.

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