Free operations will be provided for 190 children with cleft palates in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi during May.

The patients will also have part of their travel and other expenses covered.

The treatment campaign is launched by the US NGO Operation Smile, which began its meaningful work in Vietnam in 1989, treating more than 38,000 children with facial defects.

Within the first four months, the organisation carried out eight similar operation programmes benefiting 350 young patients.

Cleft palate is one of the most common malformations in Vietnam with one in 700 newborns suffering the condition.-VNA