New project to provide free healthcare

The Project Vietnam Foundation's Ket Noi Yeu Thuong (Connecting to Love) programme on February 27 kicked off to provide free healthcare to patients in Ho Chi Minh City, the central province of Nghe An and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

The programme, which ends on March 11, includes five teams of a total of 80 US doctors in various fields such as paediatrics, psychology, cardiology and others.

They are working with health experts at hospitals, including Gia Dinh People's Hospital, Military Hospital No.175 and Tam Duc Heart Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

The five teams will treat patients' heart conditions and perform surgery on children with cleft lip palate.

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A training course on autism for parents whose children have the disorder will open at Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

Another course will teach professional knowledge to doctors and teachers at Paediatrics Hospital No. 2, Ton Duc Thang University and University of Education.

Improving professional knowledge in the paediatrics field will be the focus of a course to be held at Nghe An Obstetrics and Paediatrics Hospital and Can Tho Paediatrics Hospital.

Dental treatment and free delivery of medicine to residents will be provided to residents of two disadvantaged districts, Vinh Thanh and Co Do in Can Tho.

The Project Vietnam Foundation is a non-profit humanitarian organisation under the American Academy of Paediatrics that offers sustainable paediatric healthcare in Vietnam. It has also provided free healthcare and aid to impoverished rural areas for the last 20 years.

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