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.

Ivor Cosimo Jencks Chairman

Chief Representative of Hongkong Land in Vietnam, Head of Business Development Commercial property, South Asia. Cosimo Jencks has been with Jardine Matheson Group since 1995 and has worked for three group companies in Vietnam for a period of the past 12 years. Initially Cosimo Jencks, ran the car retail and distribution of Jardine Cycle and Carriage in Vietnam and returned in 2005 to be the General Director of Schindler Lifts Vietnam/Cambodia. Since 2008, Cosimo has worked for Hongkong Land Limited as Chief Representative and is now responsible for covering Business Development of HKL Commercial Property in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Yangon. Hongkong Land is one of Asia’s leading property investment, management and development groups. Founded in Hong Kong in 1889, the Group has business interests across the region. Hongkong Land’s business is built on partnership, integrity and excellence.

Cosimo has been active in the external community through his participation of the Urban Working Development Group (a UKTI initiative) and committee member of the Hong Kong Business Association Vietnam Group, previously chair and vice-chair of the British Business of Vietnam. In addition, Cosimo is associated with a number of Vietnam related charities. Married to a Vietnam national and with two young Children, his hobbies involve running and history.

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 our successful pilot neonatal nursing and post graduate training for junior doctors in Da Nang and Hanoi. She has over 30 years experience of 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 eleven years and has worked closely with Vietnamese Ministry of Health departments to understand the medical education context and need. She has led the development of the charity’s neonatal post graduate and neonatal nursing programmes and the development of a neonatal network system. She is also active in our sports fundraising programmes and seeks to challenge herself to balance her commitment to Newborns and a healthy life style.

Mr Nguyen Hoanh Tien

Nguyen Hoanh Tien is VNG Vice President of Operations with more than 20 years’ of experience in technology industry. After 5 years working for SAP in Germany as a strategic consultant, he decided to come back to Vietnam and embraced challenges with VNG. His main responsibility is to oversee technical infrastructure, game system operations, customer services, IT, HR and security in VNG. During nearly 10 years at VNG, he has set up a strong foundation for VNG including the largest data center in Vietnam, 2nd largest payment gateway in Vietnam – 123Pay and a strong security & HR system.

He co-founded the USGuide and Connek volunteer networks, and supported institutionalization of Vong Tay Be Ban charity group. He is actively coaching volunteer network members and young tech entrepreneurs.

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 an 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.

Bang H Trinh

Bang Trinh is Chief Financial Officer for Techcombank, one of the largest Joint Stock Banks in Vietnam and one of the leading banks in Asia. Previously Bang spent 18 years at Morgan Stanley serving in a variety of senior roles including country head for Vietnam and the Philippines. In addition to serving as a Trustee for Newborns Vietnam he is also on the advisory board for Devotion to Children. Bang is a passionate sports and adventure enthusiast and has traveled the world to participate in endurance events such as IRONMAN triathlons and summit two of the Seven Summits. He also played an important role in bringing IRONMAN to Vietnam and launching the Techcombank Ho Chi Minh City International Marathon. Through these events he has been able to combine his passion for sports and social impact. Bang has a Systems Engineering degree from the University of Virginia and currently serves on the Board of Managers of the Alumni Association. He is a member of the Vietnam Chapter of YPO and lives in Ho Chi Minh with his wife Tina and three children.

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 is our strategic partner bringing together neonatal doctors to save Newborn lives, generously supporting flights for our British neonatal consultants teaching in Hanoi and the provinces and for Vietnamese doctors undertaking training in UK hospitals.

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. The company has supported Newborns since 2013.

Hogan Lovells are for our pro bono lawyers and 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.

Peter Bennett Foundation works with partners in Hong Kong and Asia to address the causes of poverty and inequality. In addition to making direct donations, the Foundation works with NGOs, government, universities and other Foundations. By pooling knowledge and action we can be more effective in promoting change.

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.


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, 2016 and 2017.

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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