|Chairman of Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Nguyen Thien Nhan hosted Craniofacial Plastic Surgeon, Richard Young from Facing the World yesterday. — Photo vietnamplus.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Facing the World organisation will establish two more craniofacial centres, one each with Viet Duc Hospital, Ha Noi, and Cho Ray Hospital, HCM City, during the next five years.
This was announced during a meeting between Chairman of Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan and a delegation of Facing the World in Ha Noi yesterday.
The organisation is increasingly focusing its efforts on its mission in Viet Nam, a country where the incidence of severe birth defects is by some estimates 10 times higher than in the neighbouring countries.
In the next five years, the organisation aims to have 20 Vietnamese surgeons trained by experts from Facing the World. These surgeons will then be able to treat patients and train other doctors.
Facing the World will offer training programmes to partner hospitals in the central Da Nang City, Ha Noi City and HCM City, as well as offer training fellowships to Vietnamese doctors to study in the United Kingdom.
The organisation hoped Viet Nam would promote Facing the World's activities as well as attract doctors to voluntarily take part in collaboration programmes, a representative of Facing the World said.
The organisation would collaborate with Viet Duc Hospital in providing check-ups and surgery to Vietnamese patients by 2016, he said.
Nhan applauded the organisation's activities and hoped Facing the World would continue to expand its activities as well as strengthen its training programmes and technique transfer programmes.
Nhan said he hoped Facing the World would help to intensify collaboration in the health sector between Viet Nam and other ASEAN countries.
He said the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee was willing to help Facing the World in overcoming difficulties while they implemented collaboration programmes in Viet Nam.
Viet Nam will also promote collaboration work to attract Vietnamese people in contributing to Facing the World's activities.
Facing the World is a United Kingdom-based charity that offers surgery to children with facial disfigurements.
It launched a partnership with Da Nang General Hospital in Viet Nam in 2008.
Viet Nam has a higher incidence of children born with severe facial disfigurement than almost anywhere else in the world. Some believe this to be linked to the use of Agent Orange during the war, the organisation said. — VNS