OVERSEAS HUMANITARIAN AID

Since 2005, Mr Schenberg has organised and led teams of volunteers performing oral and maxillofacial surgery at two different hospitals in Vietnam. In Ho Chi Minh City we work at the OdontoMaxillofacial Hospital, a 100 bed oral and maxillofacial surgery hospital, which services much of Southern Vietnam. In central Vietnam, we work at Binh Dinh General Hospital, a large 1200 bed provincial hospital. We spend a week working at each hospital and operate on 30 to 50 cases. Surgery predominantly involves management of advanced tumours of the jaws (usually ameloblastomas and fibrous dysplasia), primary and secondary management of extensive facial injuries (predominantly sustained in motor bike crashes) and orthognathic surgery.

The patients come from a range of backgrounds and areas. Most are from the impoverished rural areas of the southern half of Vietnam. They may travel up to 1,000 kilometres to reach HCMC for treatment. Some even travel from Cambodia.

Further reading – 2017 Vietnam Project