The Cleft Vietnam hospitals perform hundreds of cleft treatments every year. Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe and the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation raise donations to treat poorer patients and subsidize their travel to the hospital.

Cleft treatment is a process with several stages. The Cleft Vietnam partners thus offer several services. All partner hospitals serve as first contact points for patients and their families. The patient is properly diagnosed, the patient's and his family's questions are answered, and a treatment plan is drawn up.

First, if necessary, younger (newborn) patients may undergo naseoalveolar molding to improve the shape of the palate, lip, and nose in preparation for the surgery. Then, the surgery for the lip and, if needed, also for the palate is performed and the process of healing is monitored.

Later in life, nasopharyngeal examination and speech therapy, to diagnose and treat remaining pronunciation problems (offered at the National Children's Hospital in Hanoi), and orthodontics treatment, to address remaining effects of the cleft on the appearance and function of the teeth may be needed. Orthognathic surgery may be necessary in adolescence to fix remaining issues with the development of the jaw, and is offered at the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Hospital in Ho-Chi-Minh City.

OSCA is based out of the private An Việt Hospital in Hanoi and also offers patient consultation and information services as well as the various types of cleft surgeries.

In addition to these treatments, DCKH and the NCF also provide funding for additional specialized training of Vietnamese medical personnel. Training takes place in Taiwan and is performed by the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation.

If you or a loved one suffer from cleft, we might be able to help you. So please contact one of the Cleft Vietnam partner hospitals now to arrange for treatment.