US Doctors Set to Travel to Vietnam to Assist Physicians in Danang City

First Technical Assistance Visit Part of USAID/American Schools and Hospitals Abroad-Funded Humanitarian Effort

McLean, VA - February, 2007 - - Next month, physicians and rehabilitation specialists from Washington, D.C., will travel to Danang City, Vietnam, to provide the first round of technical assistance to doctors and clinical staff as part of the first humanitarian project in Vietnam funded by American Schools and Hospitals Abroad, a congressionally mandated USAID program.  

The project, coordinated by Viet-Nam Assistance for the Handicapped, will construct a two-story rehabilitation clinic as part of the 100-bed Danang Binh Dan General Hospital, Vietnam's first private hospital. A significant piece of this project is to provide technical assistance through training seminars, workshops and study tours that focus on rehabilitative surgeries, medicine and other technologies.

Several U.S. doctors and therapists from the Medstar Health partnership between Georgetown University Hospital and the National Rehabilitation Hospital have volunteered their time and experience to assist in this humanitarian effort.

"It is an honor to be part of the ongoing effort to provide medical care for the people of Vietnam," said Dr. Scott T. Sauer, an orthopaedic surgeon at Georgetown University Hospital. "This historic visit will open the door for the improved rehabilitation of patients after injury or surgery." 

"Everyone associated with this project is very excited to interact with the citizens and healthcare providers in Vietnam, and to build a long-term relationship to impact their healthcare needs," stated Dr. Paul Wang, clinical manager of NRH Regional Rehab at Georgetown University Hospital.

When completed later this year, the Rehabilitation Clinic at the Danang Binh Dan General Hospital will provide charitable care to patients, as well as serve Danang City as a demonstration and training center for physical therapists, physicians and nurses in a U.S.-based model of diagnostic and therapeutic care. It will also address the tremendous shortage of quality rehabilitation services for the urban population of Danang City as well as the ethnic minority populations in rural areas. Currently, many men, women and children in the region suffer from mobility and other problems often the result of landmines or war injuries that can be treated and, in some cases, cured if quality care is made available to them.

Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to meeting priority humanitarian and development needs in Vietnam. VNAH projects focus on helping people with disabilities lead rewarding and productive lives that include the ability to fully participate in their nation and their community social and economic affairs.