On April 17, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha visited the National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology to present gifts to children with cleft lips and palates.
Gifts worth VND500,000 each were granted to 50 children who are undergoing surgery at the hospital. The children from Phu Tho, Bac Kan, Lao Cai, Dien Bien, and Hanoi have been provided with corrective surgeries under a program funded by Operation Smile through the Vietnam Children Protection Fund. Each child will receive funding of up to VND7.5 million for their surgery.
Every year in Vietnam, 2,000 children are born with cleft lips and palates. With the support of local and international organizations and the Vietnam Children Protection Fund, almost all children with the birth defects nationwide have received free surgeries.
The Vietnam Children Protection Fund has also helped these children in practising pronunciation to improve the efficiency of treatment and help them to integrate into their communities.