US charity opens new dental clinic in Vietnamese city

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East Meets West opened its third dental clinic in Da Nang Friday to raise funds to treat disadvantaged children in central Vietnam.

The US-based charity said in a release that the clinic has experienced dentists who would provide quality services to customers and use the revenues to fund dentistry programs for poor children in a region that was hit hard during the wars and is regularly affected by typhoons and other natural disasters.

The clinic is at 269 Nui Thanh Street. East Meets West's earlier clinics were opened in March 1996 in Ngu Hanh Son District and in December 2000 at a school for disabled children in Hai Chau District.

Its dentists have raised US$20 million to treat 111,200 disadvantaged children during trips to schools, charity centers, and poor neighborhoods in rural areas.

Nguyen Minh Chau, country director of East Meets West in Vietnam, said the project has received support from local and overseas partners and volunteers, and would reach out to people in difficulty outside Da Nang as well.

Pham Kieu Da, chairman of the Da Nang Union of Science and Technology Associations, which has endorsed the new clinic, said it would also provide a "good environment" for local and international dental experts to share their experiences.

East Meets West has been in Vietnam for more than 24 years and is one of the biggest NGOs in the country. It has launched health, hygiene, and education programs that have benefitted more than 5.5 million families.

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