Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Hong Lan, accompanied by the heads of the National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC), visited children being treated for facial anomalies at the Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Hospital, Hanoi on May 26.

She handed over gift packages worth 700,000 VND (32 USD) each, to 40 children from different parts of the country, including Thanh Hoa, Ha Giang and Thai Nguyen provinces.

The NFVC launched its Operation Smile programme in 1994 to provide free cleft lip and palate surgeries for children. Since 1997, a fund of the programme has also aided adolescents and adults.

About 25,000 children with harelips, cleft palates, facial tumors and syndactyly have been offered free surgeries to date at a total cost of more than 63 billion VND (2.9 million USD).

This year, the Operation Smile signed an agreement with the NFVC to provide 1,600 disabled children nationwide with free surgery packages, including travel costs, living expense and surgery cost (around 8 million VND or 366.5 USD each case).-VNA