Impoverished Central Highlands people receive free medical checkups hinh anh 1A medical worker from FMP gives health checkup for a child (Photo:

Hanoi (VNA) – A free medical checkup and gift offering programme will come to people in nine impoverished communes in the mountainous district of Kon Plong, the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum from September 11-18.

Entitled “For a better life in Kon Plong”, the programme is a joint effort of the Family Medical Practice Vietnam (FMP) in collaboration with the Israeli Embassy in Vietnam, aiming to improve living conditions for more than 3,500 local households in these communities.

The charity group, which comprises 20 doctors, 30 nurses and 70 care assistants will also guide the locals on basic hygiene practices in daily life. They plan to present the Kon Plong district hospital a new ultrasonic machine and hold information exchanges on public health issues programmes for local medical staffs.

On the occasion, the group will dig two water wells for people in Hieu commune and paint a semi-boarding school in Mang But commune. All students at the school will be gifted school supplies for 2016-2017 school year.

The FMP and the Israeli Embassy also send food, clothes and other daily necessities to the local communities.

Kon Plong is one of the poorest districts in Vietnam with the highest mortality rate and lowest life expectancy in the region. The infant mortality rate in the locality remains high due to home birth and a lack of medical workers.

The district is home to mainly ethnic minorities such as Xe Dang, Mo Nam, Ca Dong and H’Re.-VNA