Project #949

1000 doctors free 3rd world from charity reliance

by Global Medic Force

As Global Medic Force continues to expand our mentoring work in Vietnam to fields including HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases, donations remain critically important. 

GlobalGiving’s second Bonus Day of the year is coming up and this gives donors a chance to magnify their support!  On June 15th, will be matching all donations at 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project while funds last. There will be $75,000 available in matching funds. And there is a $1,000 bonus for the project that raises the most funds and another $1,000 bonus for the project that has the most unique donors! 

Please help us support our work in Vietnam by donating on June 15!

As Global Medic Force continues to expand its work throughout Vietnam, the organization was recently approached to lend the expertise and its volunteer medical experts to the set up of a new non profit cancer hospital in Vietnam.  

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health and the WHO, Vietnam sees approximately 200,000 new cancer cases and 100,000 cancer deaths each year. Cancer is the second leading cause of death and a burning issue for the developing nation with a population of nearly 90 million people.  Yet the facilities that provide adequate cancer care are highly limited and, with less than 2,500 cancer patient beds, only accommodate 20% -30% of total demand.  More on this exciting new development in one of the next update reports …...

From the four continents that it deploys to, Vietnam in Asia Pacific represents a unique and dynamic challenge for Global Medic Force, as the rapid economic growth in the country has transformed the national epidemiology from one of infectious diseases to chronic diseases.

What this means in practical terms is that 72% of people in Vietnam are now dying of conditions that are entirely treatable.

 As the people of Vietnam are increasingly exposed to the hazards of a “western lifestyle”  we see a daily increase nationally in conditions such a Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Hypertension, Cardiovascular disease, Cancer, etc. slicing through the entire population.

 Examples include:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD):  Vietnam is the country with the highest rate of COPD in Asia-Pacific.  COPD kills on average one person every 10 seconds in the world.  US$ 77.5 million is spent annually in Vietnam to treat late stage COPD in hospitals (excluding out-patient visits).
  • Diabetes Type 2: Vietnam has the highest growth rate of Diabetes Type 2 globally. 18 Million Vietnamese are currently at high risk for the disease.  65% of patients do not know that they have the disease. 
  • Only 85 doctors in Vietnam know how to manage a patient with Diabetes.
  • Cardiovascular Diseases (i.e. hypertension, heart disease): 10% of all Vietnamese have been diagnosed with hypertension while 77% of people with hypertension do not know that they have it.
  • Liver cirrhosis affects 15 times more Vietnamese than all Europeans combined.
  • 5.2 % of all Vietnamese are overweight or obese due to the increase of “Western style” lifestyles.
  • Malnutrition:  60 million people in Vietnam have parasitic worm infections.
  • Cancer: 200,000 Vietnamese contract cancer each year.  Annual mortality rates are 50%.
  • Hepatitis B and C infection rates are 10 times higher in Vietnam than in comparable middle income and developed countries, and sharply rising

 As 1 million Vietnamese every year are now moving to Sai Gon and Ha Noi, the national health services are overwhelmed, and increasingly look to Global Medic Force with its 1,700 medical volunteers to step into the breach and meet the challenges of the new diseases which threaten to ravage this beautiful land and its wonderful people.

 What people are saying about Global Medic Force’s work:

 “I cannot tell you how many Vietnamese lives Global Medic Force volunteers have saved.”

Peter Vu Ngoc Son, MD, MPHM - Program Officer, Care and Treatment Family Health International (FHI), Vietnam.


 “Global Medic Force has captured the gold ring in global health helping to create high-quality, low-cost, sustainable services. It is the stuff of which Nobel prizes are made.” 

Ambassador Dr. Mark Dybul MD - Founder & Head PEPFAR Fund.


“Global Medic Force has reshaped the way we should all be thinking about healthcare. A brilliant model that leaves a lasting footprint wherever it has stepped: an immediate impact wherever it lands, leaving top quality medical care for generations to come.” 

Guy Hart Global Head Structured Credit BNP Paribas.


“It has been the most incredible experience of my life. The contribution of Global Medic Force volunteers here is greatly needed.  Our knowledge and experience is invaluable and much appreciated.” 

Dr. Vincent Jarvis, MD, Clinical Mentor, Vietnam.


“I recently went back to visit Thu Duc, the clinic I mentored.  They now have 350 patients. My return visit really has confirmed the success and the value of the mentoring.” 

Dr. Nicholas Medland, MD, Clinical Mentor, Vietnam.

Global Medic Force continues to expand its medical skill transfer programs in Vietnam.

Given the rapid transition in Vietnam from an agrarian economy to a developing world industrial economy, there has been a complete shift in the national healthcare disease epidemiology. As a result, more than 70% of all deaths in Vietnam are now caused by easily preventable chronic diseases that can effectively be treated at the primary care level if doctors are informed how to do it properly within existing resources. Global Medic Force's programs in Vietnam are working to directly address this problem.

Global Medic Force initially deployed to Vietnam in 2002. Since then Vietnam has continued to play a pivotal roll in Global Medic Force’s operational strategies in Asia. With a population in excess of 88 million people, Vietnam is the 13th largest nation on earth and the second fastest growing economy in Asia Pacific.

Primary healthcare issues that Global Medic Force clinical mentors confront in Vietnam are extremely varied. They range from infectious diseases such as food and waterborne diseases (i.e. cholera), hepatitis, dengue fever, malaria, tuberculosis, Japanese encephalitis, plague and water contact diseases to cardiovascular and internal medicine conditions (i.e. angina, hypertension, diabetes etc) as well as acute emergency conditions (i.e. motorcycle accident caused head traumas).

During the last 8 years Global Medic Force clinical mentors have deployed both in major cities as well as in rural areas home to all main ethnic groups in Vietnam including the Kinh (Viet), Tay, Thai, Muong, Khome, Hoa, Nun, Hmong, and other numerous other remote minority groups.

All Global Medic Force clinical mentors returning from deployment in Vietnam describe their assignment as the most full-filling professional experience of their careers due to the exceptional nature of the Vietnamese people. Global Medic Force is continuing to rapidly expand its operations in Vietnam in a new paradigm initiative designed to permanently reduce the developing world’s dependence on Western healthcare charity.


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Global Medic Force

Location: New Hamburg, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Katie Graves-Abe
Director of Operations
New York, NY United States

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