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UK cyclists set for long ride to raise funds for neonatal training

Update: May, 25/2013 - 08:42

DA NANG (VNS)— Twenty-five cyclists from the UK will arrive in Da Nang City tomorrow, completing a 10-day, 1,500km ride from the northern province of Lao Cai.

Besides sponsorship from multi-national companies, the cyclists have personally raised US$135,000 for an 18-month neonatal training programme from the UK's Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU).

"This training will help raise standards of neonatal care in Central Viet Nam," said Pham Hung Chien, head of the health department.

Nursing skills are critical to newborns' survival – inadequate training and skills have been a major reason for the slow progress in reducing neonatal deaths so far.

Debra Teasdale, dean of CCCU's Faculty of Health and Social Care, said: "We are really proud to be leading such a critical project of change which will benefit nurses, infants and their families in Viet Nam."

The UK cyclists include Mike Hall, who last year broke the world record for circumnavigating the globe by bicycle, travelling 29,000km in 92 days. He is joined by fellow round-the-world cyclist Richard Dunnett.-VNS

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