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“Denmark in your eyes” artworks donated to Vietnam’s healthcare facilities

Updated at Friday, 10 May 2019, 16:50
The Hanoitimes - The donated paintings are expected to transform the hospital ambiance into a hopeful and healing spaces for both patients and health-care providers.
The Danish Embassy and the Vietnam – Denmark Friendship Association (VIDAFA) on May 10 donated 196 entries from the “Denmark in your eyes 2018” art contest to the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital, the Vietnam-Germany Friendship Hospital and the National Hospital of Traditional Medicine.

The art donations aim to give a brighter, happier feeling for the children receiving treatments at the healthcare facilities and enhance patient care, the Danish embassy said in a statement.
At the handover ceremory. Photo: The Danish embassy
At the handover ceremory. Photo: Danish embassy in Vietnam
These paintings are part of more than 4,100 submissions from nearly 100 schools, children and art centers nationwide participating in the annual art contest co-hosted by the Embassy, VIDAFA, Kim Dong Publishing House, and Nhi Dong Newspaper last December.

When being hospitalized, both children and their families enter an especially vulnerable and stressful period. As the hospital’s surroundings can be not very friendly for the patients, the donated paintings are expected to transform the hospital ambiance into a hopeful and healing spaces for both patients and health-care providers. 

Therefore, these colorful and imaginative drawings not only serve to brighten the hospital’s walls, but also have a mission to convey love as well as comfort through art to the young patients.

“Research in Denmark has shown that exposure to lively visual arts can bolster spirits, reduce stress and calm anxieties for family members while contributing beneficially to the patient’s recovery,” Danish Ambassador Kim Højlund Christensen said at the handover ceremory.

“It is my sincere hope, that the vivid artworks donated to Vietnam National Children’s Hospital will add a much-needed distraction to the young patients who come here for life-saving treatment,” he added.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment cum Chairman of VIDAFA Tran Hong Ha also
expressed his belief in the difference these paintings would make to the child patients and their families.

“These paintings offer children beautiful green dreams in which people, animals and nature live in harmony. These artworks radiate great imagination and inspiration. Therefore, I believe that they will have a very positive impact on the healing process of the pediatric patients undergoing treatments here and their families”, said Minister Tran Hong Ha.

“As medical professionals, we strive to ensure a childlike ambiance for the patient  while in the hospital. Therefore, we are very grateful for the donated paintings, which will create positive energy and make our patients feel much more comfortable during their hospitalization,” said Dr. Le Thi Minh Huong, deputy director of the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital. 

In 2016, during the celebration of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Denmark, the first “Denmark in your eyes” competition was launched by the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam and VIDAFA. 

In 2018, “Denmark in your eyes” was held under the theme of “Green dreams” for environmental protection. The painting competition went nationwide to all primary schools in Vietnam with support from Kim Dong Publishing House, Nhi Dong Newspaper and My Kingdom – Lego Vietnam. 

The next competition is expected to begin in September 2019.
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