Notre Dame students heading to help disadvantaged in Vietnam


Notre Dame students Kelly Bell, Joshua Ogunmokun and Tess Hooper, who will be heading to Vietnam in November to spend time volunteering in clinics.
Notre Dame students Kelly Bell, Joshua Ogunmokun and Tess Hooper, who will be heading to Vietnam in November to spend time volunteering in clinics.

A VOLUNTEER group of medical students from the University of Notre Dame are packing up their stethoscopes and jumping on a plane to help the disadvantaged in Vietnam.

North Fremantle’s Kelly Bell, Tess Hooper and Fremantle’s Sayuri Mihindu and Joshua Ogunmokun will fly to Vietnam later this year to volunteer in health clinics and provide much needed care for the disadvantaged and marginalised people of Ho Chi Minh City as part of the university’s Volunteer Vietnam group.

Having spent all year fundraising, the group are also planning to take 100kg of equipment with them, including gloves, wound dressing and antiseptic solution.

Ms Bell said although the equipment was basic essentials for any doctor or nurse in Australia, it was what clinics like those in Vietnam needed most.

“Basic medical items can be quite expensive, for example sterile surgical gloves cost between $40 to $50 per box, so all money raised from fundraising activities will be used to purchased equipment or donated directly to the clinics for the purchase of much needed equipment and medications such as HIV antivirals and antibiotics,” she said.

“In addition to providing aid to these severely under-resourced clinics, Volunteer Vietnam gives us an opportunity to contribute towards the improvement of healthcare in a developing country, which will deepen our medical knowledge and skills.”

Ms Bell said the group were eager to hear from local residents and businesses who could donate items to help with fundraising efforts, such as bread and sausages for a sausage sizzle.

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