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Extending the partnership in Ho Chi Minh City

The project in the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City that was started in the summer of 2016 shows excellent progress. In 2018 the surgeon Dr Duong and his team conducted 190 cleft operations and they hope to increase these numbers in 2019. The cleft centre offers comprehensive treatment, including NAM (the treatment of newborn children with palatal plates), ongoing dental and orthodontic measures as well as speech therapy. The support and development of the centre is based, on the supporters side, on a close cooperation between the Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe with the Taiwan-based Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation (NCF). Both organisations have similar principles when it comes to the development of interdisciplinary treatment for cleft children. Within the framework of this project we are regularly providing training of Vietnamese specialists in Taiwan. The impetus for this project was given by Dr Daniel Lonic from Munich, who himself completed a year-long training session as International Craniofacial Fellow in Taiwan. Nowadays he is a voluntary project manager for the Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe.

The project in Ho Chi Minh City (southern Vietnam) perfectly complements our cooperation with the Vietnamese society OSCA, which is based in Hanoi (northern Vietnam). We have been cooperating with OSCA since 2009, and they have so far managed to successfully perform more than 2,500 operations. Our emphasis lies on the help for cleft children from the very poor regions of the country, who receive surgical and medical treatment in Hanoi or during operating campaigns.

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A large number of our patients are from the ethnic minorities who often lead a very reclusive life. In Vietnam some 10 million people belong to one of the officially recognised 53 ethnic minorities. On top of that, the rate of children born with cleft deformations is especially high in Vietnam. This is in parts a result of the widespread dioxin contamination, a legacy from the Vietnam War. The operation of cleft children by foreign surgeons has a long tradition. But local, sustainable structures than would enable a long-term and comprehensive care of the patients have rarely been established. This is precisely what our help is focussed on!

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and enable operations and the development of local care facilities that are important to the cleft children in Vietnam.

Join the help by donating and enabling operations and the development of local care facilities that are important to the cleft children in Vietnam.
Join the help by donating and enabling operations and the development of local care facilities that are important to the cleft children in Vietnam.

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