Families in Ho Chi Minh City with children who have chronic kidney disease will meet to support each other for the first time next week, as a "˜Kidney Club' is launched in the city's two largest children hospitals.
The clubs will include approximately 300 families of children affected by Nephrotic Syndrome so that they can learn and support each other through meetings organized at HCMC Children's Hospitals No.1 and 2.
Children with the syndrome have kidney damage, which causes them to leak large amounts of protein from the blood into their urine.
Australian not-for-profit organization CLAN (Caring and Living as Neighbors) is sponsoring the meetings on November 17 and 18.
Supporters of CLAN in Australia participated in a 45-kilometer walk in October 2011 to raise US$20,700 for the development of the Kidney Clubs, and to translate medical texts and informational books into Vietnamese, CLAN said in a press release.
The resources will be given to Vietnamese parents free of charge.
CLAN President Dr. Kate Armstrong was cited in the release as saying, "The new resources will build the long-term capacity of this community of families and their health professionals to help children with Nephrotic Syndrome enjoy the best lives possible."
The club project has been supported by many doctors from the Renal Departments of the two hospitals, led by pediatric nephrologists Huynh Thoai Loan and Tran Thi Mong Hiep.