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Project Vietnam Foundation to provide free surgery to children with cleft lip

by VOV05 November 2019 Last updated at 09:45 AM

VTV.vn - A volunteer delegation from the United States’ Project Vietnam Foundation are due to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in March 2020 to provide children with free surgery to fix cleft lip and palate deformities.

The Project Vietnam Foundation plan to organise a program to conduct free surgeries for children who suffer from cleft lip and palate deformities from June 1 to June 3, 2020. The operations will be on offer to disadvantaged children from across the country.

The Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital in Tan Binh district of Ho Chi Minh City will be hosting the program.

Before operations can be offered, the volunteer mission will provide medical check-ups on March 1, 2020. Surgeries will then be conducted between June 2 and June 3, 2020.

In order to ensure safety for those having surgery, pediatric cleft patients must be at least six months old and weigh at least six kilos. Moreover, children suffering from cleft palate must be at least 12 months old and weigh at least 12kilos.

Parents are being advised to register for the charity surgery program before February 22, 2020 via email by contacting motuthien@projectvietnam.org . Alternatively, parents can call 093 807 8284 and leave a voicemail message.

First established in 1996, Project Vietnam Foundation (PVNF) is a US-based volunteer organisation and an international health project by the California branch of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

For over 18 years, the organisation has operated throughout 35 provinces and cities across Vietnam, providing medical assistance to underprivilege people whilst developing health programs for children. In addition, PVNF have given training to health workers and held exchanges between foreign professionals and Vietnamese doctors.

Each year, PVNF sends two to three doctors to take part in a project in Vietnam, annually providing medical support for approximately 5,000 people.

Along with these contributions to the nation’s healthcare, PVNF has regularly worked alongside leading hospitals across the country such as the Hanoi Children's Hospital, the HCM City Children's Hospital, the Nghe An Children's Hospital, the Cho Ray Hospital, and the Kien Giang General Hospital.

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