Family Medical Practice (FMP) today put out a call for donations ahead of its outreach program to the impoverished Kon Plong region of Kon Tum.

The nation’s pre-eminent private clinic is seeking a range of household items to present to the people of Kon Plong, including clothing, educational materials, hygiene and cleaning supplies, and non-perishable food. The clinic is also accepting financial contributions, which will be used to buy similar necessities. FMP is asking members of the community nationwide to donate such items to any of their clinics listed below:

Ho Chi Minh City
– Diamond Plaza Clinic: 34 Le Duan, District 1, HCMC
– District 2 Clinic: 95 Thao Dien, District 2, HCMC
– Care1 Executive Health Check Up Center: The Manor 1, 91 Nguyen Huu Canh, Binh Thanh District, HCMC

Da Nang
50-52 Nguyen Van Linh, Hai Chau, Da Nang

Ha Noi
298 I Kim Ma, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi

Family Medical Practice will be closing all of its clinics for a week between the 11th and the 18th of September, retaining only Emergency Services during this period.  It will then undertake this huge project that will see about 20 doctors and 30 nurses and up to 70 other support staff travel to the region for a week-long, multi-site health treatment mission.  Items collected will be distributed at this time.

Kon Plong is home to some of Vietnam’s most disadvantaged communities including Xe Dang, Mo Nam, Ka Dong, and H’Re minority tribes.  People in these regions experience some of the highest mortality and lowest life expectancies in the region – often from preventable causes. This includes a tragically high level of prenatal mortality from home deliveries without midwives.

“Residents of Kon Plong are more than 50 km from their nearest medical facility,” said FMP Founder, Dr. Rafi Kot.  “The people of Kon Plong have effectively no access to any health care, and with this in mind, we made the decision to shut down Family Medical Practice clinics for a week, and bring our team there to address the urgent needs of some of the people who have been left behind by Vietnam’s recent development surge.”

“Virtually our entire team will be transported to the area to provide medical check-ups, health care advice, and vaccinations for 3,500 households in Kon Plong. The team will also provide treatment for those suffering from illness and disease, and instruct local people in basic hygienic practices, from hand washing to tooth brushing,” Dr. Kot continued.

“Any contributions toward these efforts from the community in Ho Chi Minh City will be tremendously appreciated,” he concluded.