Vietnamese youth with cleft palates and other lip deformations can receive free operations in Ho Chi Minh City between Monday and Friday next week, the non-profit organization Operation Smile Vietnam has said in a press release.
The program will be the 19th charity program by the organization in Vietnam this year, and is expected to provide operations to 80 children and adults in Vietnam's southern region.
For safety concerns, the program will not grant cleft palate operations to children below 18 months old or 12 kilograms. Cleft lip operations will not be given to those below six months old or eight kilograms, as well as mal-nourished children and those with asthma, high fever, diabetes and cardiological conditions.
The operations are sponsored by SIKA Vietnam, a construction chemical manufacturer headquartered in Switzerland.
Statistics showed that 3,000 children, or one in every 500 children, are born with cleft palates and lip deformations in Vietnam every year.
Operation Smile, which has operated in Vietnam since 1989, has provided medical intervention to more than 18,000 children with the conditions.
But around 13,000 children and older people still have not received any treatment.