With heavy hearts, but not seeing any other reasonable option, we are cancelling the Project TVD trip to Da Nang, Vietnam this year. Our work week, scheduled for August 10-14, is coming up fast; thus, we feel the need to make a decision early given the many responsibilities that we all have to our family and our work.
This year’s trip would probably have broken records for the number of team members. The hospitals in Da Nang were looking forward to hosting us. Myn Demmon and Mimi Dinh have planned great activities for you and your families.
However, with the Covid-19 situation still so unsettled in the US, it does not appear that we can make a commitment to go, and we should let our friends and colleagues in Da Nang know sooner rather than later. Tri recently communicated with one of our physician friends in Da Nang and life there is slowly returning to normal. Schools are opening up again for students, having been closed since the Tet holidays in late January. Our colleagues in Da Nang follow the situation in the US closely and they often wished that they can do something to help us in the US.
Although we are unable to go to Vietnam in 2020, we are not stopping our engagement with Da Nang. We hope to sponsor some Vietnamese physicians to the US for “mini-sabbaticals” later as the travel restriction eases. We will keep you updated!
We will return again to Da Nang and work alongside our friends soon; we’ll email you again once we have set a date for 2021. In the meantime, stay safe and take care of yourself and your family.