At REI-Vietnam, we measure the success of our programs in four ways: through their growth, through our history, through the sustainability of our relationships, and by the success of those we’ve trained. However, in each of these measurements we cannot overly emphasize that all progress has been achieved only through dynamic partnerships with our Vietnamese colleagues.
Growth of REI Programs
Since its inception in 1992, REI-Vietnam has sustained and grown its programs. REI:
- has sent more than 350 professionals from 8 countries to serve in Vietnam since 1993 including 60-80 annually.
- partners with four different Vietnamese governmental ministries in its work.
- has hosted 80 Vietnamese experts in the USA for Observational Fellowships.
- over 25 current faculty members at one university are former REI students.
REI-Vietnam’s History of Success
As REI's work in Vietnam preceded most of the other non-government agencies currently working there, we have participated in a number of significant developments:
- 1994: first Resident Professionals arrive in Hanoi to serve in Ministry of Education & Training
- 1996: first heart surgery program at Hue Central Hospital
- 1997: first multi-national team of Resident Professionals arrive in Hanoi
- 2001: 6 current REI Resident Professionals arrive in Hanoi
- 2002: sponsorship of international Public Health Symposium in conjunction with Hanoi Medical University's centennial celebration
- 2002: REI is granted J-1 Visa authority by US government to bring Vietnamese professionals to the US (total brought through 2010 = 80)
- 2003: first successful separation of conjoined twins in Vietnam
- 2004: initial sustainable Business training at Hanoi University
- 2006: pediatric cardiology patient flown to US for successful treatment (repeated in 2010 for pediatric orthopedic patient)
- 2007: National Hero's Medals to 5 REI surgeons & Mrs. Lien by Ministry of Health
- 2007: first complete pediatric surgical team to train at National Hospital for Pediatrics
- 2010: Curriculum written by REI- staff member Will Cole-French and fellow faculty nominated for a special award at Hanoi's Millennial Celebration
- 2010: Dr. Diana Dudzik launched collaboration with national Vietnamese language experts on English teacher training standards
Sustainability and Relationships
When our late Director Doug Sparks accompanied his first team of physicians to Hanoi in the mid-1990s, he reminded them that building warm relationships must be at the heart of all we do. We continue to embrace this same core value today. Among the 20+ locations of REI’s programs in Vietnam:
- 10 are at locations we first partnered with about 15 years ago.
- 4 are with institutions we have worked with for about 10 years.
- 7 are with institutions we began visiting within the last 3 years.
Another relational measure of success is the retention rate of our staff:
- We have maintained continual Resident Staff in Hanoi since 1994.
- Of our expat Resident professionals, all but one have lived in Hanoi for 3–7 years. Clearly, they are making contributions deemed meaningful by our Vietnamese hosts.
- Of our 10 Visiting Professionals approximately 60% of the participants are returnees, and some have made up to 15 trips!
The Success of Those We’ve Trained
At Hanoi University, nearly a dozen of REI staff members’ former students are now faculty passing on to others what they first learned from our staff. Of the 80 whom we have sponsored for fellowships to the USA, three are now Directors of Institutions, nearly a dozen are either vice-directors or department chairs, and many of the remaining fellows are vice-chairs or university faculty.
Program growth. Historical context. Sustainable, relational impact. Our students’ success. Each is important to us in evaluating our programs, and each continues to provide us with encouraging feedback for our work.