Project information

Vietnam Children's Asthma Relief

Asthma International works to supply asthma medication to children in low-income countries. The inaugural project will start in Vietnam and concentrate on children aged between 3 to 15, from a low-income background. It will run for six years, and treat an initial cohort of 100 children.

November 2015 - November 2020

Charity information: Asthma International

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  • Need


    Asthma is a disease that kills 250,000 people a year worldwide, many of them children. The inaugural project in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, will focus particularly on children, since they can become very distressed by the disease, with a consequent impact on their social and educational attainment. Many thousands of children are currently going untreated, or are being supplied with over-the-counter tablets, many of which are dangerous.


    Asthma International works in partnership with local doctors in Vietnam to prescribe asthma medications under safe and controlled conditions. The price of controlled asthma is £26 per child per year, or around 50p per week.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To control the asthma of 100 children from slum or low-income backgrounds for a period of 6 years.


    » Supplying the funds to pay for medical staff and medicines to treat these children.

    What success will look like

    Outcomes will be closely monitored on a yearly basis. This will be done through the submission of written records by the participating organization in Vietnam.

  • Impact


    Long term changes will involve major improvement in the lives of children living with uncontrolled asthma, enabling them to live full, healthy and economically active lives, thus contributing more fully to their communities.


    There is a risk that costs could escalate in this inaugural project. We have dealt with this risk by requiring highly detailed cost-estimates from our Vietnam partners, based on their existing expertise in providing care in this area.


    Progress records available to all donors will take the following form: clinical records detailing medical histories, diagnoses and prescriptions; post-treatment questionnaires to be filled in by patients or relatives; follow-up interviews; and computer storage of records to manage the program.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,270 Medicines Salbutamol, Beclametasone and other asthma drug provision
      £8,154 Salaries Vietnam salaries (part-time): Doctor, Technician, Manager, Secretary; Part-time UK fundraiser.
      £1,176 Facilities and other Office equipment, PR, transport

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Bower Trust £250 Guaranteed
    The Woodward Trust £500 Guaranteed
    The Cliff Richard Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    Christadelphian Samaritan Fund £300 Guaranteed
    The Ashworth Trust £3,000 Guaranteed
    Mirianog Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Community Health Care Centre, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


    100 children aged between 3-15 years old from low-income backgrounds, and their families and communities, as they acquire the ability to function normally and enjoy asthma-free lives.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Asthma International is the only charity that specifically supplies asthma medications to low-income countries overseas; as such it is an innovator. It has gone to some lengths, including by means of private donations from the founders, to establish relations with communities overseas. Ho Chi Minh City was chosen as the site of the inaugural project because of our contacts with doctors in the region who are already doing effective work in combating asthma among low-income populations.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Professor Le Thi Tuyet Lan, Ph.D.

    Chairwoman of the University Medical Centre of Ho Chi Minh City Respiratory Care Centre, Chief Vietnamese medical advisor to Asthma International.

    Professor Martyn Partridge

    Currently chair of the UK Department of Health Asthma Steering Group; Hon. President of Asthma International.

    Gary Dexter, MPhil

    Co-founder of Asthma International, with expertise in innovation and fundraising.

Can you afford to breathe?

Can you afford to breathe?


..for an asthma-free life for a child for one year