In cooperation with the organization Operation Smile Sika Vietnam has been providing medical and personal support to children with facial deformities. Every year many children are able to begin a new life after the surgeries.
In Vietnam, as in other developing countries, one out of 500 newborns suffers from facial deformities. Every year, an estimated 3,000 babies are born with cleft lips or palate deformities in this country. Operation Smile Vietnam and Sika Vietnam have now joined forces to provide free reconstructive treatment for disfigured Vietnamese children with cleft deformities through surgical missions and by well-skilled and credentialed medical volunteers. In doing so, they hope to give the unfortunate children a new smile and the prospect of a full and normal life as productive members of society.
More than 400 operations
Between 2010 and 2012, Sika Vietnam has contributed a total of US$160,000 to Operation Smile Vietnam, helping it to provide corrective facial surgery for children suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate deformities at mission sites across the country. More than 600 patients have been screened and 400 operated on. In 2011, Sika Vietnam received Operation Smile's prize for “Unselfish contributions and outstanding partnership” to the children of Vietnam.
Financial and personal support
This is the third year that Sika Vietnam has assisted in the campaign to heal children’s smiles and bring them new lives and a new future. In seven missions from 2010 and 2012, Sika’s support significantly improved the lives of hundreds of children from all over Vietnam who underwent cleft lip and cleft palate surgery thanks to its donations. The latest sponsored mission took place in Nghe An in the beginning of June 2012, where 100 patients received treatment.
In addition to the financial support, a number of dedicated Sika employees participated as volunteers to assist the medical teams with invaluable logistical assistance, such as providing non-medical supplies, arranging the screening site, preparing medical records, allocating patients and taking them to and from the operating theatres.