Viet Nam News Gia Lộc HCM CITY— Every morning, Dr Bùi Thị Thanh Huyền and her colleagues in the palliative care unit at HCM City Children’s Hospital make their rounds in the neonatal intensive care department to assess the need for palliative care, and then proceed with other rounds if they receive a request from other departments. The team, consisting of a doctor, nurse, psychologist and social worker, aims to relieve pain and other symptoms of patients who have serious, complex or life-threatening conditions, and to provide psychological and social support to their families. Huyền said: “Palliative care can improve the quality of life for a child and family during a serious illness and assist families in making difficult decisions about their child’s care.” The hospital’s palliative care unit for pediatric patients is the first of its kind in Việt Nam. Huyền recalled a recent case in which the … [Read more...] about Palliative care relieves suffering for both patients and families
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“Charity Bazaar” brings smiles to HIV/AIDS-affected children The Saigon Times Daily New and used items are collected with care for sale at the upcoming fundraising Charity Bazaar - PHOTO: COURTESY OF NOVOTEL SUITES HANOI HCMC - Novotel Suites Hanoi, in coordination with Smile Group, will organize a Charity Bazaar (often known as Staff Market) at its Gourmet Bar on August 3 to support children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Hundreds of items including brand new or gently used clothes, shoes, cosmetics, homewares, accessories and many other things will be collected and sorted with care to sell at the event from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition, food and drinks will be sold at the “Charity Bazaar” this year. Thirty percent of the profit will be donated to Smile Group, a non-governmental organization whose mission is to help people with HIV/AIDS live their lives with the respect and care of the community. “We are committed to helping children and … [Read more...] about “Charity Bazaar” brings smiles to HIV/AIDS-affected children
Children in SOS Village in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Expanding alternative care is part of the national target program launched by the Vietnamese Government to ensure disadvantaged children in the country are able to grow up in a family environment. The revised Child Law2016, enacted on June 1, 2017, introduced legislative support for foster care, said Vu Thi Kim Hoa, Deputy Director of the Department of Child Affairs under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MoLISA). “The revision aims to ensure the enforcement of children’s rights in accordance with the spirit of the UN Convention on the Rights of Children (CRC), and the country’s response to international efforts to reduce institutional childcare worldwide,” Hoa said. As part of its effort to implement the law, in July 2017, the Ministry signed a three-year cooperation agreement with Care for Children (CFC), a UK non-governmental organisation (NGO), to push the implementation of … [Read more...] about Vietnam joins int’l efforts to give children homes
Trump backs down on separating immigrant children, legal problems remainThe Saigon Times Daily U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order on immigration policy in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed down and abandoned his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad. Trump signed an executive order requiring immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally for as long as their criminal proceedings take. While that may end a policy that drew a rebuke from Pope Francis and everyone else from human rights advocates to business leaders, it may also mean immigrant children remain in custody indefinitely. The Trump administration still faces legal challenges because of a court order that put a … [Read more...] about Trump backs down on separating immigrant children, legal problems remain
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?