Scholarship rewards medicos serving remote communities

Deputy-Editor-in-Chief of SGGP, Nguyen Thi To, offers flowers to some doctors serving in remote areas for receiving the Nguyen Van Huong Scholarship in 2007 (Photo: SGGP)

The Nguyen Van Huong Scholarship has provided financial assistance to nearly 644 students and doctors from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy and Ho Chi Minh City Training Center for Health Care Staff (now Pham Ngoc Thach Medicine University) who volunteered to work in remote areas.

Since 2006 the scholarships, given away by Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper, have been given to 10 students of Tu Du Obstetrics’ village midwives training class.

The total amount is worth VND1.2 billion (US$ 67,400).

The organizers also gave 10 scholarships to doctors working in the southern provinces of An Giang and Binh Phuoc through the provinces’ Department of Health.

On behalf of beneficiaries of the scholarship, Dinh Vu Quoc Dung of Pham Ngoc Thach Medicine University said: “We young doctors are motivated by the scholarship and promise to preserve medical ethics.”

The organizing board will announce 2009 scholarships and raise fund for it on May 20.

The scholarships, set up in the name of Dr. Nguyen Van Huong – who is former health minister – are given by SGGP with funds donated by benefactors.

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By Le Nhung - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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