REI-Vietnam has been fielding medical teams in Vietnam since 1994. Those teams have opened many doors and built a reputation that is the foundation of our work to this day. This has become the biggest part of the biggest country work in REI.
Medicine is certainly one of the strategic sectors of a nation. The attention to health care shows how much a nation values its people. Many of a country’s best and brightest students go into medicine out of compassion for their people, accepting the challenge of years of study and preparation. In Vietnam they provide amazing service despite their lack of funds and resources. It’s a privilege to come alongside such intelligent and committed doctors to help them do what they do a little bit better. We share knowledge and skills, to be sure, but also perspective and encouragement from years of experience. Our doctors often say that they receive back even more than they give.