Joachim Pham has been a National Catholic Reporter correspondent since December 2013 and regularly contributes to Global Sisters Report. He is based in Vietnam.
St. Paul de Chartres sisters and other Catholic nuns in Vietnam care for TB patients at public hospitals, show them how to take medicine and get follow-up medical examinations, and offer them basic food and money.
Photo essay - Sisters in Vietnam's central provinces of Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue return home to welcome the new year, visit relatives and friends, and bring Christian values to others during their nine-day holiday.
Ahead of the Lunar New Year, congregations of women religious across Vietnam have stepped in to help people who lost homes and livelihoods in severe flooding that hit the central provinces in October and November.
Nuns from four congregations in Vietnam's central provinces that are being hit by the worst floods in decades are providing emergency aid for hundreds of thousands of victims.