Posted on Nov 26, 2018

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Project Update

Fundraising is continuing for this project with the aim to be able to donate the same amount if not more in January 2020. Please help Rotary eClub Latitude 38 in this worthwhile project. Please see photos and info below from my visit to Ben Tre in January 2019

 

 

On Monday 21Jan19 I, ( Pete ), on behalf of Rotary eClub Latitude 38, attended the presentation of Health Insurance Cards at the Local Authorities Office in Ben Tre, Vietnam. Also attending was another donor from Ho Chi Minh City and Ms Chen and Mr Ranh from SAPP ( Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients ). Mr Ranh is the Vice president of SAPP in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

The Vietnamese authorities were very appreciative of our contribution to purchasing health cards and our willingness to help the Vietnamese people. I was surprised to see a large banner at the back of the stage and pleased to see our club named on it. ( it is not clear but it does show 142 cards purchased ). I was even more surprised to be prompted to go up and say some words and while I am sure there was only one other English speaker in the room I did get a very loud applause at the end so maybe they did understand my attempt at Vietnamese smiley

 

I hope Latitude 38 can continue this project on a yearly basis as I feel this is a very worthwhile cause.

 

Please see below some photos from the presentation.

 

Rotary eClub Latitude 38 rep ( Me ) being very nervous in front of the assembly

 

 

 

Mr Ranh, Vice President of SAPP in Ho Chi Minh City, presenting health cards to Ben Tre residents

 

 

 

Photo Op after I presented the health cards

 

 

 

The Vietnamese Local Authority presented us with with a lovely bunch of flowers plus a certificate for the donors

 

 

 

Framed certificate presented by the Vietnamese Local Authority to Rotary eClub Latitude 38

 

 

 

 

Background Information

 

Each year every person in Vietnam must purchase a health insurance card. The cards cost approximately $AUD43 and ensures free medical treatment.

For the poor Vietnamese, the government will subsidise the card for between 70% to 90% depending on where they are located. This means that the Vietnamese living in poverty only need to pay up to $AUD13 per person but a large family finds it difficult to cover that amount for each of its members.

One of the aims of SAPP is to provide 2000 health cards for each of their five targeted provinces. Some of these provinces are a little remote but one of them is Ben Tre which is within travelling distance from Ho Chi Minh City. The subsidy rate for Ben Tre is 30% so SAPP would be covering approx $AUD13 per card with a goal of 2000 cards to support poverty stricken Vietnamese and so allowing them free access to medical treatment and medication. .

The Rotary eClub of Latitude 38 would like to raise $AUD3000 which would provide approximately 225 health cards towards this goal. It already has $AUD1000 in hand through the generosity of the Rotary Club of Batemans Bay in NSW,  Australia.   

The eClub of Latitude 38 is supporting this project as its first project in Vietnam.  It will also enable the club to make valuable contacts with the local authority which in turn will help with other project

 

Contact Point: Pete Showell