Press Release

14 March 2013

A team of academics at Canterbury Christ Church University has introduced the first Neonatal Nursing course in Vietnam.

Sponsored by the UK registered charity Newborns Vietnam, the 18-month course for qualified Vietnamese nurses at Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children officially started in March.

In partnership with the charity, the hospital, Da Nang National Technical College of Medicine II and Da Nang Department of Health, 26 nurses at Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children will receive face-to-face lectures and practical sessions delivered by Christ Church academics, as well as benefit from ‘live’ distance learning with full translation.

Debra Teasdale, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care, said: “We believe this is a first for a UK university and we are really proud to be leading on such a critical project of change which will benefit nurses, infants and their families in Vietnam”.

Dr Nguyen Khac Minh, Dean of the National Technical College of Medicine II said: “I am delighted to lead this partnership programme for the Ministry of Health and to be at the forefront of developing neonatal nurse training in Vietnam.”

Dr Le Thi Thanh Xuan, Vice Director of the Da Nang Hospital for Women & Children commented: “This training will support the Da Nang neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to fulfill our mission to be a centre of regional excellence, and will help raise standards of care in central Vietnam”.

Suzanna Lubran, Newborns Vietnam Trustee, added: “This partnership is a unique opportunity to support the development of newborn care in Vietnam and is an important first step towards a national neonatal programme.

“We launched the programme this week.The first session in the afternoon was aimed at developing the nursing guidelines template and it was just incredible to see our nurses questioning Christ Church staff, debating the condition of babies, and demonstrating such a hunger for knowledge. Their passion and desire to learn is so rewarding.

“We have made a good start and we believe this training is going to make a significant difference to neonatal care in this country.”

The curriculum content has been designed to enable participation at an equivalent to UK FHEQ Level 4.


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the south east’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

 Newborns Vietnam

Newborns Vietnam is a UK registered charity (No.1144562) dedicated to reducing neonatal mortality in South East Asia, with a specific focus on Vietnam. Through direct long-term partnerships with local public health providers we encourage and support their efforts to integrate maternal and newborn care into their existing health systems.

To achieve the best possible care for every newborn we provide resources to tackle the critical shortage of trained neonatal nurses. All of our work is focused on developing and managing directly delivered sustainable interventions that will bring about lasting change.

National Technical College of Medicine II

The Minister of Training and Education  established the college in 2006.  It is an official unit belonging to Ministry of Health.

Our mission is to train and foster students at college and at lower levels in technical medicine as well as in scientific research in order to meet economic and social development requirements.

The college has 7, 162 students across the central region of Vietnam in 2012 and we are the major provider of general nursing and associated training with 10 training categories at mid University level.

Da Nang Hospital for Women & Children

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of Da Nang Hospital was established in 1982 to manage medical and surgical newborns. Da Nang is designated as a neonatal training centre for the central region of Vietnam. The neonatal unit moved to the new Da Nang Hospital for Women & Children in April 2011.

There are around 12,000 deliveries a year in the maternity department and many are high risk and involve complications. The NICU admits over 250 neonates (newborns less than 29 days old) per month.



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