Various activities to mark International Children’s Day takes place in Vietnam

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Various activities to mark the International Children’s Day took place in provinces and cities across Vietnam on June 1 st, which attracted the participation of children, including disadvantaged children. * More than 800 disabled children from 15 schools for the disabled, shelters and charitable centres in Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria–Vung Tau and Tra Vinh Provinces, took part in the 16 th Culture and Sports Festival for disabled children in 2012. The event aims to create an interesting playground for the disabled and to help them integrate into community. During the Day, disabled children had an opportunity to play interesting games, to perform songs and dances as well to exchange with each other. * Children in Hanoi had a chance to enjoy circus and magic items by the artists, Ngo Huyen, Ba Anh, Quang Anh and Quan Anh on June 1 st. In addition, the four-day program “Festival to light up children’s dreams”, with many interesting activities, was opened at … [Read more...]

Kaleidoscope (17-07-2011)

by Thu Anh Too much, too soon There was a time when children grew up learning plenty of songs written for them - songs that told stories, songs that expressed the beauty of nature, songs about a beautiful place or songs about a national hero. Those songs are still being sung by children, but it seems that there are no new songs being composed for them. Instead children are turning to music meant for adults. Veteran musician Pham Tuyen said in a recent interview with the Lao Dong newspaper: "I worry when many children get excited about love that adults' songs, in both Vietnamese and English, deal with, and not about childhood and friendship." Musicians simply seem to have forgotten their most uncritical fans, he said, adding that fresh effort was needed to change this situation. Songs for children like Em La Hoa Hong Nhoû (I'm A Small Rose), Canh En Tuoi Tho (Swallow - Wings of Childhood) and Tuoi Hong (Pink Age) - composed respectively by Trinh Cong Son, Pham Tuyen and Truong … [Read more...]

Pham Tuyen – A musical historian

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Almost all Vietnamese would know the song Nhu co Bac Ho trong ngay vui dai thang (Uncle Ho seems to be with us on the festive day of the grand victory). The lyrics have gone into the hearts of all people, with a penetrating appeal to millions to indulge themselves in the joy of the nations triumph. Its author is composer Pham Tuyen, many of whose works over the past 50 years are closely associated with very particular moments of national history. For this very reason, quite a few people have remarked that his ballads constitute a music chronicle of history. Composer Pham Tuyen, 74, is living in the age in which work has become a secondary matter to everyone. Nonetheless, he keeps travelling to all corners of the land to draw inspiration for his creative work. His feet never seem to get tired along the passage of time. We met him when he had just returned from Hai Duong and from a long journey to Dien Bien Phu, and then making preparations for his trip to Hue. He has been invited to … [Read more...]

Kinh Do donates Mid-Autumn gifts to poor children

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On the occasion of the up-coming Mid-Autumn Festival later this week, Kinh Do Company has donated 10,000 gifts worth VND400 million to poor households, especially children in social sponsor centers and underprivileged students in remote areas. In the North, Northern Kinh Do Foodstuff Processing Joint Stock Company has collaborated with the Vietnam Children Sponsor Fund, the Hanoi Children Support Fund, the Vietnam Disabled Children Aid Association and local authorities to hand out over 2,000 gifts to disabled children and poor students in rural areas. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lien (L) from Kinh Do Company gives gifts and talks with poor children - Photo: Quoc Hung In the South and the Central, Kinh Do has cooperated with the HCMC Fatherland Front Committee to present 1,500 gifts including 1,500 moon cakes and other candies to poor children in charitable centers and unfortunate kids in Thu Duc, Go Vap, Nha Be districts and District 7 in HCMC. The company also cooperated with the HCMC Red … [Read more...]

A Shelter for Disabled Children

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Since 2001, Que Huong Charity Centre in Ho Chi Minh City has received and nurtured over 2,000 orphan and disabled children. Its success is attributed to the great efforts of the Centre's Director Huynh Tieu Huong who overcame her own misfortunes to build the shelter. Since 2001, Que Huong Charity Centre in Ho Chi Minh City has received and nurtured over 2,000 orphan and disabled children. Its success is attributed to the great efforts of the Centre's Director Huynh Tieu Huong who overcame her own misfortunes to build the shelter. Visiting the Centre, one can't help being moved when they see the orphaned and paralysed children, who look doltish with their deformities, being taken in and taught to write, sing, dance, work and play. In this great family, all the children live happily with the love of their mother, Huynh Tieu Huong. Born in 1968, Huynh Tieu Huong suffered a miserable childhood. She doesn't know her mother and father. At the age of six, she had to earn her own living by … [Read more...]

Mexico’s Labour Party chief extends Tet wishes to Vietnamese

Mexico City, January 24 (VNA) – Mexico’s Labour Party (PT) General Secretary Alberto Anaya Gutierrez visited and extended Lunar New Year (Tet) greetings to the Vietnamese community and attended a get-together marking the 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam in Zacatecas state on January 23. He, together with many Mexican parliamentarians and members of the PT Central Committee, was welcomed by Vietnamese doctors working in the state as part of the countries’ cooperation in acupuncture and Vietnamese students from the Autonomous University of Zacatecas. In his speech, PT General Secretary Gutierrez highly valued Vietnam’s substantial achievements during the three decades of Doi Moi (Reform), especially in poverty alleviation. He also welcomed the 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam and wished the event a success. He hailed Vietnamese professors and doctors’ fruitful collaboration with the Autonomous University … [Read more...]

Acupuncture achieves results

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by Thu Trang Acupuncture has recently attracted mass following with a harmonious combination of traditional and modern medicine, giving people significant, believable results. Many people found their health had improved after acupuncture, so they put their belief in the needles' miraculous effectiveness. Nguyen Van Minh, 65, lives in Ha Noi's Cau Giay District. He had a cardiovascular accident several years ago and has been partially paralysed since. His family took him to the National Hospital of Acupuncture for treatment to regain the ability to move. After receiving acupuncture along with massages, point injections and therapy for more than two months, he could walk again with crutches. Now he only needs to receive acupuncture once a week and practise walking at home. "I cannot walk briskly like before, but I'm happy, as I can walk by myself," Minh said. "I do not expect any more." Acupuncture isn't just good for the elderly – it can help children, too. Three-year-old … [Read more...]

Kind-hearted youth give back by helping poor

Members of Am (Warmth) giving hot bowls of porridge to parents of paediatric patients at the National Hospital of Acupunture. Many kind-hearted youth find meaning of their lives by devoting themselves to underprivileged people. — Photo Khanh Duong

by Khanh Duong There are many paths for young adults to follow in their early twenties. Some grab a backpack and venture out to explore the world. Others risk investing in their own businesses. But possibly the most rewarding experience is for those who devote themselves to underprivileged people. Twisting balloons into different shapes and sizes, 21-year-old Nguyen Mai Phuong, a senior at the Viet Nam Trade Union University, was surrounded by a dozen children. On a scorching hot summer day in Ha Noi, her face was sweating but sparkling with a bright smile. Every Sunday morning at 10am, parents and children from the pediatric ward at the National Hospital of Acupuncture on Thai Thinh Street welcome the arrival of a group wearing black t-shirts with the name Am (Warmth) on their backs. They arrive at the hospital carrying toys, snacks and hot bowls of porridge to give to children suffering from cerebral-palsy. At 7am every Sunday morning, young members from Am gather at a house on … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 5/6

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SBIC urged to build ironclad fishing vessels in response to fishermen's needs Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked the Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC) to work with relevant agencies and fishermen to build fishing vessels with iron hulls in order to enhance the development of the fishing industry. PM Dung made the request at a meeting with the corporation's leaders in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh on June 4. He stressed the necessity of providing fishermen with bigger, safer and more modern vessels while ensuring effectiveness and sustainability. … [Read more...]

Physicians urged to better care for patients

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(VOVworld) - National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung visited and congratulated doctors at Bach Mai hospital on Vietnamese Physicians' Day in Hanoi on Tuesday. He said that the party and state acknowledged and appreciated the efforts and achievements of the healthcare sector. He said: "The healthcare sector should continue to improve preventive medicine, grassroots services and maintain their medical ethics while reducing hospital overload. Medical workers should continue to be upright and moral to better serve the people." President Truong Tan Sang has signed a decision to confer the title of People's Physician to 67 medical workers and the title of Emeritus Physician to more than 1000 others. Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Communication and Education Dinh The Huynh visited the Hanoi Medical University the same day. He asked teachers and students to enhance the university's glorious tradition and to make it the leading medical training center in … [Read more...]

Mid-Autumn Festival for patients

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Hyundai Thanh Cong Vietnam, the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion and National Hospital of Acupuncture hosted events to present gifts to around 500 patients during the Mid-Autumn Festival. On September 17, Hyundai Thanh Cong Vietnam were present at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion and the National Hospital of Acupuncture to organise the "Mid-Autumn Festival for children" contributed to the patients at two national hospitals with the intention to bring joy and to relieve the pain of their illness. 466 gifts were given to the patients there. This is the second year Hyundai Thanh Cong has coordinated with National Hospital of Acupuncture to organide the "Mid-Autumn Festival for children" event. On the same day, Hyundai Thanh Cong's staff also went the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion to continue their volunteer programmes. Source vir.com.vn … [Read more...]

Mexican Party leader starts tour with news agency visit

HA NOI (VNS)— General Secretary of Labour Party of Mexico Senator Alberto Anaya Gutierrez visited Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the National Hospital of Acupuncture yesterday as part of a five-day official visit. Warmly welcoming Gutierrez at its headquarters, VNA director-general Nguyen Duc Loi emphasised the sound partnership between the party and VNA. "The Party has supported VNA in training its staff in Spanish as well as in printing and publishing materials to introduce Viet Nam to Latin America," he said. … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 5/9

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Province to upgrade markets The People's Committee of southern Soc Trang Province has approved a plan worth over VND2.1 trillion (US$101 million) to build a market system by 2020. The province will invest over $101 million to upgrade its market system through 2020. … [Read more...]

Mexican university sends gifts to Vietnamese AO victims

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The University of Zacatecas, in Mexico’s Autonomous State of Zacatecas (UAZ-Zacatecas), has presented 20 wheelchairs to Vietnamese Agent (AO)/dioxin victims. The gifts were handed over by the university’s Rector, Dr. Francisco Javier Dominguez, on August 31 to mark the 67th anniversary of the August Revolution and Vietnam’s National Day. … [Read more...]

Mexican university sends gifts to VN AO victims

The university of Zacatecas, in Mexico's Autonomous State of Zacatecas (UAZ-Zacatecas), has presented 20 wheelchairs to Vietnamese Agent (AO)/dioxin victims. The gifts were handed over by the university's Rector, Dr. Francisco Javier Dominguez, on August 31 to mark the 67 th anniversary of the August Revolution and Vietnam 's National Day. Speaking at the ceremony, Dominguez said that the presents are a symbol of the solidarity between both countries. Vietnamese Ambassador Le Thanh Tung thanked the university's staff and students for their kindness as well as the Mexican people for their support to Vietnam , especially AO victims. … [Read more...]

Letters To The Editor (June 30, 2012)

Responding to the article: Acupuncture may help autistic children Ali, email: everest_hiba@yahoo.com wrote: I am a resident of Houston, Texas, USA. My 13-year-old son is quadriplegic, unable to stand, walk and wheelchair bound. I tried all sorts of treatments such as speech therapy, acupressure, magnetic and infrared therapies, without any significance results. Do you think acupuncture will help him regain movement? Do you know someone in Houston's Vietnamese community who can help him ? Thanks. Ali Viet Nam News sent your question to Associate Professor Nghiem Huu Thanh, director of the National Hospital of Acupuncture. He said acupuncture may partially improve your son's condition, however, treatment will take a long time. If possible, you should bring your son to Viet Nam for exploratory acupuncture to determine detailed and proper treatment. Thanh expressed his regret that he did not know any experts in Houston's Vietnamese community who could help. … [Read more...]

Acupuncture may help autistic children

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by Thu Trang Autistic children learn how to play games at the Hope Centre under the Ha Noi Relief Association for Disabled Children. The National Hospital of Acupuncture has been pioneering the use of the ancient technique to treat children with cerebral palsy and autism. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc HA NOI — It was with great joy that Nguyen Thi Thu, from the central province of Nghe An's Hung Nguyen District, first saw her son walking. But she had to wait until he was five to witness this miracle. That was because Phan Trong Dat has cerebral palsy, which he developed after catching pneumonia when he was born. The brain injury he suffered as a result meant that for the first two years of his life he was bed-ridden. Unable to walk or talk, or recognise his name. His distraught parents sort medical advice, but Dat did not respond to conventional treatment, which traditionally takes the form of physical, occupational and speech therapy; together with drugs to control … [Read more...]

What’s up, Doc? ( 11-01-2012)

What's Up, Doc? will be featured on our Health page every Wednesday. The column will feature questions from our readers about their health, including from members of the expatriate community and those who have newly arrived in Viet Nam. Email your questions to newsdesk@vnsmail.com. Are there traditional medicine doctors who treat foreigners in Viet Nam? Gina Motsay, Ha Noi The National Hospital of Traditional Medicine is a reliable address for foreigners to go for treatment. The National Hospital of Acupuncture is also quite popular among foreigners who seek traditional treatment. … [Read more...]

Vietnam trains Mexicans in acupuncture

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A team of Vietnamese doctors led by Dr. Nghiem Huu Thanh, Director of Vietnam's National Hospital of Acupuncture (VNHA), visited Mexico from October 11-15 to strengthen links in acupuncture. During the visit, the Vietnamese team was received by Senator Alberto Anaya, the General Secretary of the Workers' Party (PT), who praised the work of acupuncture centres called Ho Chi Minh in Mexico , considering them beneficial for both the PT and the Communist Party of Vietnam. The PT leader said he hoped that cooperation will develop in the future and suggested that Vietnam build two new acupuncture centres to provide treatment for drug users during detoxification and disabled children in Monterrey city. After the reception, both parties signed an agreement to extend the operational time of these centres to December 2012. Over the past ten years, the Ho Chi Minh acupuncture centres have provided treatment for nearly 10,000 patients in the country. At a meeting with … [Read more...]