In January 2019 Rotary eClub Latitude 38 presented 142 Health Insurance Cards to the needy residents of Ben Tre Province in the South of Vietnam. In Australian dollars this amounted to $2000.
Fundraising for the coming year has already started with a very generous donation of $1000.
Please help Latitude 38 raise funds for this very worthy project.The Rotary Club of Latitude 38
based in Australia has a member who volunteers with an organisation called Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients (SAPP) serving meals at Ho Chi Minh City’s largest public hospital on Saturdays. He speaks highly of the group’s focus to assist the poor.
Each year every person in Vietnam must purchase a health insurance card. The cards cost approximately $AUD43 and ensures free medical treatment.
For the poor Vietnamese, the government will subsidise the card for between 70% to 90% depending on where they are located. This means that the Vietnamese living in poverty only need to pay up to $AUD13 per person but a large family finds it difficult to cover that amount for each of its members.
One of the aims of SAPP is to provide 2000 health cards for each of their five targeted provinces. Some of these provinces are a little remote but one of them is Ben Tre which is within travelling distance from Ho Chi Minh City. The subsidy rate for Ben Tre is 30% so SAPP would be covering approx $AUD13 per card with a goal of 2000 cards to support poverty stricken Vietnamese and so allowing them free access to medical treatment and medication. .
The Rotary eClub of Latitude 38 would like to raise $AUD3000 which would provide approximately 225 health cards towards this goal. It already has $AUD1000 in hand through the generosity of the Rotary Club of Batemans Bay
in NSW, Australia.
The eClub of Latitude 38 is supporting this project as its first project in Vietnam. It will also enable the club to make valuable contacts with the local authority which in turn will help with other projects.