TUSP’s Vietnam Mission Trip Recognized by Prime Minister

Charles Ruchalski, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was recognized by the Prime Minister of Vietnam for leading Temple University School of Pharmacy's (TUSP) annual Vietnam Mission Trip.

Roughly translated, the Prime Minister's Office shared the following:

"Dr. Charles Ruchalski (TUSP), Dr. Ha Van Vo (MU), and the charity program Mercer on Mission [Mercer University (MU)] and TUSP receives a certificate of appreciation from the Prime Minister of Vietnam.

A ceremony was held at the auditorium of the Department of Health. The Center of Assistance for the Poor, Disabled and Orphans of Ben Tre City presented a certificate of appreciation from the Prime Minister to the charity program of Mercer on Mission, an MU and TUSP collaboration. This is to commemorate the contributions and medical aid the program provided for indigent patients of Ben Tre for the past five years.

Attendance at this ceremony included the presence of Vice Chairman of the Committee of the People of Ben Tre City Nguyen Huu Phuoc, representatives of the Department of Health, Department of Labor, War Veterans and Social Affairs and the entire team.

TUSP and MU have collaborated with The Center of Assistance for the Poor, Disabled and Orphans of Ben Tre City since 2014 to provide orthopedic care along with fitting prosthetics for indigent patients. During that time, the team has treated approximately 6,000 orthopedic patients and fitted approximately 1,500 prosthetic leg and arms for indigent patients of Ben Tre and various other provinces such as Hau Giang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Tien Giang, Vinh Long, Quang Binh, Ho Chi Minh City. The total project cost is estimated to be above 11,7 trillion Vietnam Dong."

Each year, Dr. Ruchalski builds a team of colleagues and students at TUSP to travel to Vietnam along with collaborators from MU to serve the needs of various communities.

Please contact Chris Van Vessem, Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations at TUSP, at cvv110@temple.edu to make a donation in support of Dr. Ruchalski's efforts.