In a developing country with almost 90 million people MAKNA have a unique chance to contribute to a cancer infrastructure that will grow to cope with Vietnam’s rising cancer rates. Because of the vast population and poor reach of information in the most rural areas, the scope for assistance in the fight against cancer in Vietnam is huge.
In urban areas the problem is overcrowding. The national K hospital in Hanoi has 570 beds but, on a daily basis, holds around 500 patients. Oncology centres in provincial capitals such as Hue, Can Tho, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City face similar problems whilst in rural areas the problem is travelling to the local clinic can be costly and when there, they are likely nor to have the training or facilities to handle cancer.
|• Training more specialists, doctors and nurses on Cancer|
|• Increasing the capacity of hospitals and clinics to safely and hygienically house the large numbers|
|• Modernising the medical infrastructure with new machinery, the latest vaccines and the most up-to-date medicines.|
|• Raising awareness regarding prevention and treatment of cancer. The promotion of healthy living in the prevention of cancer with a specific focus on the dangers of smoking.|