The Thừa Thiên/Huế area is well known as an important historic and cultural centre of Vietnam. Not so well known is the fact that it is also one of the most economic disadvantaged regions of the country. Cultivable land is scarce, industry is lacking and the weather is unforgiving. In general, the living standard of the local population is low compared with that of people in other areas. Many people are poor peasants, hired labourers or street hawkers who struggle daily to find enough income to feed themselves and their families.
Corrective Surgery Program
The Corrective Surgery Program was initiated by the Friend of Hue Foundation (FHF) in the USA. It aims to provide free corrective surgery for handicapped children of destitute families in the region. The FHF has permanent staff in Hue who liaise with the Hue Central Hospital to diagnose, select and schedule treatment of children. The families of selected children are not only given free surgery but also associated costs such as pre-surgery consultation, hospitalisation, post-surgery treatment, rehabilitation, transportation costs to and from hospital, etc. The total cost for each case varies from 1 Million VND to 6 Million VND
Support from the Vietnam Foundation
In support of the important work done by the Friend of Hue Foundation, in July 2001, friends and members of the Vietnam Foundation contributed USD 2000 to the program.
With the contribution from the Vietnam Foundation, from September 2001 to November 2001 the following children were given treatment. The benefits of these treatments are as shown in the before-after photos of some of these children.
|Nguyen Thi Huyen||5/12/90||thon 1, xa Vinh Thanh. huyen Phu Vang||Cleft palate, can not speak|
|Phan Van Tin||16/2/97||thon 1, xa Vinh Thanh. huyen Phu Vang||Cleft Palate|
|Nguyen Van Dong||12/1/00||thon Dong Lam, xa Phong An, huyenHuong Dien||curved feet|
|Phan Thi Be||1998||thon 1, xa Vinh Thanh, huyen Phu Vang||Cleft palate, difficulty in talking, eating and drinking|
|Bui Thi Tam||2000||thon 4, xa Vinh Ha, huyen Phu Vang||Blood tumor (on skin)|
|Le Tien||5/3/96||to 12, phuong Phu Binh, Hue||inflamed knee-joint|
|Ho Thi Be||1998||xom 2, Dong Mieu, xa Phu An, huyen Phu Vang||curved left feet|
|Le Van My||8/12/97||Luong Loc, Phu Luong, huyen Phu Vang||tilted right elbow-joint|
|Diep Thi Da Hop||20/6/90||Pho Trach, Phong Dien, Hue||Contraction of left wrist|
|Dang Thi Phuong Hong||1989||Thi tran Phu Bai||Contraction of left hand’s second finger|
|Hoang thi Thu||1993||Quang Ninh, Quang Trach, Quang Binh||wry backbone|
|Nguyen Thi Cuong||1989||Tan Binh, Thuan An, Phu Vang||curved left foot|
|Nguyen Van Ta||10/5/98||thon Ha Chau, xa Loc An, huyen Phu Loc||contraction of right elbow|