Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan expressed her hope that the US organisation Operation Smile would continue its support in providing plastic surgery on children with cleft palates and lips, training personnel and transferring technology during a meeting with the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer William Magee in Hanoi on November 17.

Praising the non-governmental organisation (NGO) for its work in Vietnam over the past 25 years, Doan said it had contributed to the Vietnam–US relations and helped nearly 115,000 Vietnamese children with disabilities to lead normal lives. 

Magee said as the first NGO to work in Vietnam, Operation Smile was committed in the long term to providing free medical services. 

The organisation is working with the Ministry of Health to apply the Global Standard of Care in the country, and hopes for the government’s support in bringing more skilled voluntary surgeons to Vietnam, the guest said.-VNA