Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe in Vietnam
Almost 1.7 million children are born in Vietnam each year. Some 3,000 of these children are born with cleft lip and palate.
The foundation stone for our work to help these cleft children was laid in 2006. After the first years of development, we started working together with the aid organization Center for Researching and Aiding Smile Operation (OSCA) and the surgeon Dr. Ai from Hanoi in the north of Vietnam in 2009.
We were able to expand our help in Vietnam thanks to a cooperation with the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation (NCF) from Taiwan in 2016. In the same year, we added a location in Ho Chi Minh City in the south of Vietnam. After the first successful years of collaboration, we further expanded the project by launching another joint project location in the summer of 2019: our second project in Hanoi. We ceased funding for the project in Ho Chi Minh City in 2022.
Key areas of our work in Vietnam
In 2022, our Vietnamese partner surgeon Dr. Ai performed nearly 90 surgeries. At National Children's Hospital, we funded 200 out of a total of 400 surgeries in partnership with NCF.
Dr. Ai's main advocacy is for cleft children from the many ethnic minorities in the mountainous areas bordering Laos and China. He reaches out to them through the excellent network of his organization, OSCA. The National Children's Hospital in Hanoi is a widely known and highly regarded contact point for children with cleft malformation.
Comprehensive cleft therapy
In our joint project with the NCF, children at the National Children's Hospital in Hanoi benefit from an interdisciplinary therapy: NAM as a preoperative measure, ENT medicine, speech therapy, as well as psycho-social support for the parents are offered.