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VIB supports nearly 90 children for cleft lip surgery

14-02-2019

Nearly 90 poor children born with cleft lips, cleft palates in Ho Chi Minh city got free surgeries under the medical charity mission by Vietnam International Bank (VIB) and Operation Smile Vietnam (OSV). The mission took place from November 3 to 9, at University Medical Center – 215 Hong Bang Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City.

After being screened by the doctors and experts from Operation Smile and University Medical Center, the children were provided with free surgeries and travel allowance, food and medical assistance while staying at hospital. Post-surgery checking has been taken freely at specific time, including one week, six months, and one year after the surgery. VIB’s staff joined as volunteers before and after surgeries for helping patients and their families.

For many years, VIB has accompanied with OSV aiming to change lives of children born with cleft lips, cleft palates. This is one of the annual activities of VIB towards the community, with the hope to contribute to the economic and social development in general and improve the quality of life for the poorest in particular.

In 2018, VIB has coordinated with OSV to provide medical consultations, free surgeries for over 200 children with cleft lips, cleft palated and phonic training over the country. Not only supports finance, VIB’s volunteers also support enthusiasticly in both Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City and become the encouragement as well as spiritual supporters to patients and their families.

Since its first appearance in Vietnam in 1989 until now, Operation Smile has provided medical consultations and safe surgeries for more than 42,000 children all over the provinces.

Vietnam is one of the countries having the highest proportion of children with cleft lips, cleft palates in the world. It is estimated that over 3,000 children were born with facial deformity (1/700 ratio) in Vietnam each year along with approximately 10,000 patients who have not been operated on around the country. Meanwhile, it takes only 45 minutes to repair a cleft lip and/or a cleft palate, helping to change a child’s life forever.