About Us

Newborns Vietnam’s goal is to save lives by reducing neonatal mortality and promoting the health of newborn children and their mothers in south east Asia with a specific focus on Vietnam.

Newborns Vietnam is a UK registered charity (registration number 1144562) and a company limited by guarantee (company number 07787718) and is licensed to operate as an NGO in Vietnam (registration number (No.92/CVN-HD).

Our strategy is to develop and implement sustainable, cost effective health neonatal training models that can create a big impact on lowering neonatal mortality and reducing morbidity. We work with local hospitals and Universities to train health care professionals, increase local capacity, and improve medical infrastructure.

We provide bespoke neonatal nursing courses, structured post qualification training for junior doctors and associated infection prevention support. We develop competent, confident, skilled professionals whose enhanced knowledge and skills directly contribute to reducing neonatal mortality and long-term disability that results from poor care.

Our programmes are developed in partnership with British higher education institutions and teaching hospitals, local health providers and medical training colleges. Through an exchange of knowledge and skills these partnerships enable our local partners to build their body of knowledge and capacity to provide the best possible care for all newborn infants.

We deliver our programmes in partnership with the Da Nang Hospital for Women & Children and with the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital in Hanoi and work closely with provincial and district hospitals in central Vietnam who serve large rural populations.

Evaluation and monitoring are built into all our programmes. We work closely with our local hospital partners to develop data collection systems and use the information on what is working well and identify areas for change or further improvement. Working together we develop quality audits and research projects.

Our Values

We are determined advocates working to raise awareness of neonatal mortality and advancing solutions informed by research and our direct experience.

Our work is guided and informed by our commitment to getting the basics of newborn care right for every baby.

We believe passionately that every child, no matter where in the world they are born, deserves the chance to celebrate his or her first birthday and to grow into a healthy independent adult who can contribute to society without being burdened by the effects of adverse events during the first day or weeks of life.

Openness – we are committed to a culture of team work and collaboration Inclusiveness – we respect people, value diversity and are committed to equality.

Partnership – we know that we will not advance neonatal care on our own, we collaborate with others and together we support our public health partners to bring about change.

Stewardship – we take great care of the resources entrusted to us by others, whether this is money, time or trust, and we are open and transparent in our reporting.

What We Do

Vietnam has achieved impressive improvements in overall child health care and child mortality has substantially reduced. However, given the high number of under 5 children in the population structure, Vietnam is still among the countries that contribute significantly to child mortality in the region and the World. The latest data show Asia Pacific regional neonatal mortality at 9 deaths/1000 live births, whilst Vietnam’s rate is 12/1000. In 2015, neonatal mortality accounted for three quarters of all infant deaths in Vietnam and more than half of mortality in under 5s.

Although a good start in life begins well before birth, it is just before, during and in the very first hours of life and the days thereafter that a newborn infants life is most at risk. The majority of newborn deaths are preventable and good basic care at birth is critical. The introduction of Early Essential Newborn Care in hospitals across Vietnam is a big step forward and many newborns are benefiting.

However many newborn babies need more specialist care and die even after admission to regional neonatal intensive care units. The lack of specialist training for neonatal nurses and post qualification training for junior doctors is a major factor contributing to these avoidable deaths.

We are already making a difference to the life chances of newborns in Central Vietnam… read about our comprehensive neonatal programmes.

Our Trustees

Our trustees individually and collectively have worked for many years to influence and bring about change in policy in the planning, investment and development of communities around the world. Often their work has been the catalyst for change that has led to more investment in the social, education and health needs of deprived communities and has helped foster community ownership and citizen well-being. They bring to Newborns Vietnam a passion and commitment to making a difference and a shared belief that solutions for saving newborns must be sustainable and vested in local providers and communities if they are to bring about lasting change.

Mr. Ken Atkinson Chairman

Ken Atkinson, is Executive Chairman, Grant Thornton (Vietnam) Limited he started his career in international banking and after 14 years, including assignments in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, he set up his own consultancy business.

With over 40 years emerging market experience and 38 years Asian experience, Ken has undertaken corporate finance transactions in many emerging markets worldwide (Eastern Europe, the People’s Republic of China and several other countries in South East Asia).

Ken has been working almost exclusively in Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR during the last 26 years. His work has included financial advisory, transaction support, appraisal of large projects, with a strong emphasis on capacity building projects funded by multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors. He has broad experience in advising Clients including commercial banks on project appraisal, debt finance, loan restructuring and equity funding.

He brings to Newborns Vietnam a wealth of experience in the charitable sector in Vietnam, he was Chairman of Operation Smile for many years and he is currently Executive Chairman of Grant Thornton and Chairman of the British Business Group.

Dr. Duncan Macrae, Vice Chairman

Duncan Macrae is a specialist in children’s intensive care and is a Consultant and Director of Children’s services at London’s Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He has over 20 years of experience as a doctor in this area having previously worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia and is currently President of the international Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society. He has a strong interest in education and research, is on the editorial boards of several international professional journals and has himself published extensively in books and journals. Duncan has first hand experience of medical practice in Vietnam, having worked as part of an international cardiac surgical team there in 2006 and has worked in similar teams in both China and Romania. He looks forward to contributing to projects supporting the development of children’s acute care in Vietnam.

Suzanna Lubran, Executive Director

Suzanna Lubran leads Newborns Vietnam’s work in Vietnam and has been instrumental in establishing the pilot neonatal project in Da Nang. She has over 30 years experience of urban renewal, including developing innovative socio-economic programmes to foster community ownership and generate employment, new business opportunities, and social and health care benefits.

Her previous work also includes the procurement of new schools and hospitals under the UK Government’s Private Finance Initiative and the restoration and re-planning of St Martin’s-in- the-Fields in Trafalgar Square.

Suzanna has been based in Vietnam for nine years and has worked closely with Vietnamese health departments to understand the local medical context and need.

Dr. Colin Partridge

Dr. Partridge is a Neonatologist who has devoted his career to neonatal intensive care, in both the public hospital and a university medical center in the United States of America. He is board certified in pediatrics and in neonatal-perinatal medicine. Dr. Partridge joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in 1982, providing clinical care and house staff training at San Francisco General Hospital. In 1990, he also began working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Partridge holds the Academy Chair in Pediatric Education that was granted to foster educational improvement in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF.

Dr. Partridge has focused on health care research in developing countries, including collaborative projects in 7 Pacific Rim countries, in El Salvador and in South Africa. A series of manuscripts details clinical counseling and decision-making for premature infants in these countries. His subsequent studies have focused on educational needs for newborn care in developing countries, and studies of barriers to newborn care in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia. He has fifteen years experience of working with National Pediatric Hospital in Hanoi, Vientam advising on the development of neonatal care, training and research studies. He was awarded a Labour Medal from the Vietnamese Government for his services to the country. He is currently implementing a curriculum in neonatal intensive care and pediatric education in centers in northern Vietnam with the aim of improving neonatal and pediatric health care outcomes.

Dr. Susan Mary Blake

Dr Sue Blake retired recently from the NHS having been a GP Principal and Trainer in Islington for 24 years; during this time she was also a lecturer in Primary Care at the Tavistock Clinic, and was on the board of the local PCT as Lead for Mental Health, a role she has continued to pursue since PCT’s dissolved. She had previously trained as a Psychiatrist (in Manchester where she also qualified) and qualified as a Psychotherapist(with the British Association of Psychotherapists in London). During her years in psychiatry she undertook research into Psychological Aspects of Cancer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London; her interest in Mental Health strategy continues, as does her continued interest in developing countries (she worked in Kwazulu during early days of AIDS epidemic).

Nick Robinson

Nick Robinson is managing the asia pacific operations, including the Vietnam office, of a international multidisciplinary design practice that focuses on healthcare design. In addition to his experience in building design, construction and management, he has a long history of successful delivery of innovative social and economic development initiatives, ranging from housing co-operatives to employment and training projects for the socially excluded.

From his involvement in Vietnam over the past ten plus years, he has been witness to the massive changes underway in the country, and understands how important targeted support from organisations such as Newborns Vietnam can be to those working to develop and improve the services available to the people.

Luke Humphreys

Luke Humphreys is a director of Juicelubes and Velobrands and one of the new generation of young sports entrepreneurs. In two years he has successfully built the Juicelubes brand within a highly competitive market and introduced two new European cycle brands to the UK market. He is a leading amateur cyclist and a British trainee cycling coach. He has worked with local schools throughout South West England to promote cycling as sport and to encourage young people to develop healthy lifestyles. Luke is leading the development of Newborns Vietnam’s adventure sports fundraising challenges, his industry wide connections and his enthusiasm for cycling combined with a passion to give something back make him a great ambassador

Dr Andrew Lyon

Following a degree in Chemistry at Keble College, Oxford Andy qualified in Medicine from Birmingham in 1976 and was appointed a Consultant Paediatrician from 1985, initially working in UK, Germany and Hong Kong.

From 1988 he worked in South London before being appointed in 1992 as a Consultant Neonatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Edinburgh. He has broad clinical and research interests and has published widely. He retired from clinical practice in UK in 2009 and is now the clinical lead in an IT company developing software for use in maternity and neonatal care.

He has strong links with the Neonatal Society and The British Association of Perinatal Medicine, holding the post of General Secretary in both organisations, which involved him over the years in the development of neonatal services in UK. In particular he had a major role in the introduction of neonatal national data collection across UK and he is still closely involved in the use of such data for national audit, benchmarking and research. He has been a senior examiner for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and for several years on the expert panel for BLISS.

Through Newborns Vietnam my work with the clinical staff in Da Nang is stimulating and interesting. It is clearly a service going through an evolutionary process not dissimilar to that seen over my working lifetime in UK. It is exciting to be given another opportunity to help in the evolution of an important specialty.

Bang H Trinh

Bang Trinh is Managing Director of Sunrise Events Vietnam, the company responsible for bringing the first IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon to Vietnam.  He serves as Trustee for Newborns Vietnam, an organization committed to reducing the rate of infant mortality in central Vietnam,  Advisory Board member of Devotion to Children, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children under the age of six, and on the Advisory

Board of More Than Sport, an organization at the intersection of sports and social impact.  Bang graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and currently serves on the Board of Managers of the Alumni Association.   He resides in Ho Chi Minh City with his family.

Strategic Partners & Sponsors

We could not do our work without the support of our strategic partners, sponsors and athletes. This support is a vital part of our ability to continue our work, in Vietnam.

Vietnam Airlines has generously supported Newborns Vietnam since 2013 coordinating worldwide travel for our cycling heroes and heroines and in 2016 donated flights for our Medical Team. We are looking forward to our continued partnership with the Airline.

Premier Oil is the Title sponsor for our Cycle a Difference Vietnam Challenge Rides that raise over 80% of our annual funding. This very generous support combined with the incredible commitment of all the Premier Oil staff to raise additional funds and to cycle thousands of kilometres has underpinned our work.

Hogan Lovells is the Mechanics Sponsor for our Cycle a Difference Vietnam Challenge Rides they also work closely with us to support local initiatives to improve the care of the newborns.

Cyclists and Athletes

Over 80% of our funding comes from our Cycle a Difference Vietnam Challenge Rides, in three years 166 cyclists from around the world have pedaled over 144,000 km and raised over $700,000. Read more about the amazing men and women who are Inspired to Ride to help the Next Newborn Survive at Cycle a Difference and enjoy the experience watch the Cycle a Difference 2015 video.

Awards

NBV was very proud to receive Certificates of Merit from the Vice Chairman of the Da Nang People’s Committee for our contributions in humanitarian aid activities in 2014 and 2016.

Annual Reports & Accounts

Impact Report 2012-2013

Impact Report 2013-2014

Annual Report & Accounts 2013-2014

Annual Report & Accounts 2014-2015

Annual Report & Accounts 2015-2016

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