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Urological surgery and kidney transplant project to begin



The National Hospital of Pediatrics (NPH) and Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital in Rome (OPBG) has begun a co-operation project on urological surgery and kidney transplant with financial support from Piaggio Vietnam.

The US$500,000 project, as part of the "Vespa for Children" charity programme, is expected to help children affected by urological pathologies, genital and urinary malformations and kidney disease. As many as 2,000 children below 18 years old will benefit from this project; a number of them will be selected for a kidney transplant.

Under the project, the OPBG will train the NHP's doctors scientific competences in urological medicine and surgery and kidney transplants from live donors.

Speaking at the opening ceremony held today in Ha Noi, Professor Giuseppe Profiti, president of the OPBG, said the project was another step forward in the partnership between the two hospitals. "We expect to achieve kidney transplants from live donors with the project's three-year time line."

At the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien awarded the ministry's certificate of merit to the OPBG for its doctors contribution to Vietnamese people's health.