University continues to help improve crucial neonatal training in East Asia

7 February 2018

The University and its academics, working in partnership with the Da Nang University of Medical Technology and Pharmacy, is continuing to make a contribution to the reduction in newborn mortality rates at two hospitals in Vietnam.

Last month the class of 2017, the third cohort of neonatal nurses from Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children and Quang Nam Children’s Hospital, were awarded certificates in neonatal nursing.

The joint certificates from Christ Church and Da Nang University of Medical Technology and Pharmacy are equivalent to Level 4, UK Further Education and Higher Education Qualification Framework.

The pioneering project is in the area of specialist nurse training, treatment and health care for newborns in neonatal intensive care. It is delivered by academics from Christ Church with practical training from Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners from top UK Hospitals.


This nursing education partnership has made a significant contribution to the reduction in neonatal deaths (28 days of life) at the Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children. Its training has supported changes in nursing practice with specific attention being given to developmental care and supporting family involvement in the care of sick newborns.

The first nurse education partnership was approved by the Ministry of Health in February 2013 and has enjoyed the full support of the British Embassy and the Da Nang People’s Committee. The training was sponsored by British, international & Vietnamese businesses, with Premier Oil Hogan Lovells and Goldman Sachs leading the contributions from the British and International business community. 

Debra Teasdale, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Canterbury Christ Church University said: “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, Rector, Da Nang University of Medical Technology & Pharmacy said: “I am very pleased that our University is at the forefront of neonatal nurse education in my country. I would like to congratulate all our partners and nurses for an excellent initiative and one that will bring benefits to many newborns and their families”.

Dr Tran Dinh Vinh, Director Da Nang Hospital for Women & Children said: “My nurses have grown in confidence and skills and are able to implement good practice from the UK”.

Notes to editors

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