Morning Star Center (MSC) works in Vietnam.
- to provide a system of early detection of mental disease* and early intervention in order to improve the quality of life and social integration of mentally handicapped children irrespective of their economic situation**.
- to enable parents and the community to become aware of the abilities of mentally disabled children.
*MSC makes a diagnosis and takes care of children with mental and physical handicaps, as well as given psychiatric pathologies (Down syndrome, autism, attention deficit…).
**Clinic fees are adapted to the family’s income. Most parents only pay 50% of the effective cost of the treatment.
In a country where mental illness is still a taboo, MSC enables handicapped children and children with learning disabilities to come out of their isolation and develop at their own pace, surrounded by teams of specialised therapists.
After 2 to 3 years of support, approximately 30% of the children are able to attend the regular public school system.
Fondation Albatros supported Morning Star Center from 2009 to 2014.