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Etihad Airways brings smiles to Vietnam

Released at: 23:53, 10/12/2014

Etihad Airways brings smiles to Vietnam

Carrier works with Operation Smile on new mission in Vietnam

by Linh San

Etihad Airways has cooperated with Operation Smile for the charity’s 25th anniversary medical mission in Vietnam.

“The Next Era of Smiles” mission is Operation Smile’s biggest ever in Asia, providing more than 5,000 smiles to children born with facial deformities or requiring dental treatment. Volunteers from Etihad Airways’ Vietnam and Abu Dhabi offices assisted patients during surgery pre-screening sessions and distributed blankets and quilts donated by the airline. Some patients travelled from nearby provinces, in some cases travelling for days, in the hope of receiving the free surgery.

Etihad Airways’ General Manager Vietnam, Frederic Huynh–Quan-Dat said the airline was proud to support Operation Smile as part of its corporate social responsibility program. “Operation Smile plays an important role in the local community by offering safe, quality surgical care in places where access to surgery would not ordinarily be available,” he said. “Our hope is that these corrective surgeries will improve the physical, mental and social well-being of each child treated.”

Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that performs cleft lip and cleft palate surgery and delivers post-operative and ongoing medical therapy to children in more than 60 countries. It has provided more than 33,000 free medical procedures in Vietnam since its inception in 1989.

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