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Poor blind people given free eye surgery.

October 13, 2005.
Viet Nam News Agency, Vietnam.

Ha Noi (VNA) -- A total of 130 poor Vietnamese blind people will be given eye surgery on the occasion of the World Sight Day (Oct. 13).

The drive is part of the "Light is Confidence" programme, in which the United Kingdom's Standard Chartered Bank will help one million people around the world regain eyesight .

Under a 300,000 USD project, 80 patients in Thang Binh district, central Quang Nam province, will be granted free eye surgery.

Also on this occasion, the Viet Nam Fund in Support for Children visited and presented gifts to children with eye disabilities, who have been undergoing surgery at Ha Noi's Eye Hospital.

The initiative is funded by the Children's Look Programme with humanitarian assistance from the Korean Welfare Foundation (KWF).

This year, the KWF donated 132 million VND to the fund. Eye surgery was conducted on 90 Vietnamese children suffering from eye disabilities.

Since 2003, the fund has also granted nearly 60,000 USD to the fund in order to help build 90 safe water supply systems for children in disadvantaged areas, and to conduct eye surgery on poor children.-Enditem

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