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We believe the opportunity to heal children and transform lives is the greatest honor there is. We're excited so many others agree. Here are a few of the prestigious awards and honors Operation Smile Vietnam has received for its charitable work.


June, 2014 - Certificate of Merit No. 849/QD-UBND by Quang Ngai People’s Committee on the continuous protect and educate Quang Ngai Children period 2003-2013.

August, 2014 – Certificate of Merit by Daklak Fund for Children for the generous support Quang Ngai Children in year 2014


January, 2013 - Certificate of Merit No. 200/QD-LDTBXH by Ministry of Labor - Invalids and Social Affair for the outstanding contribution on the National Action for Children Campaign in 2013

June, 2013 - Certificate of Merit No. 907/QD-UBND by Quang Ngai People's Committee for the generous support Quang Ngai Children in year 2013

June, 2013 - Certificate of Merit No. 6096/QD-UBND by Nghe An People's Committee for the generous support Nghe An Children in year 2013


June, 2012 - Certificate of Merit No. 2052/QDUBND-TD by Nghe An People's Committee Committee for the generous support Nghe An Children in year 2012

August, 2012 - Certificate of Merit by Hai Phong Hospital of Medical University on the 3rd Mission of Operation Smile in Hai Phong.

In 2012 - Special recognition from Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) and The People's Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM) in Washington DC outlined " recognition of leadership, commitment and continuing support to the people of Vietnam."


June, 2011 - Certificate of Merit by The National Fund for Vietnamese Children

June, 2011 - Certificate of Merit by Vinh Phuc Department for Foreign Affairs.


January, 2010 - Certificate of Merit by Ministry of Labor - Invalids and Social Affairs Hanoi.

October, 2010 - Certificate of Merit by Nghe An People's Committee on the supporting for Nghe An Children period 2006 - 2010.


March 5, 2009 – Diplomatic meeting with Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, who thanked Operation Smile for helping Vietnamese children for the past 20 years. Mdm Doan said she was pleased that relations between Viet Nam and the US, where Operation Smile is based, had made great strides, especially in trade and education and training. She said such progress would not be possible without the contributions of non-profit medical service organizations like Operation Smile. Mdm Doan said she hoped the valuable support for Viet Nam would continue in the time to come and that Vietnamese doctors could join the team to go to other places in the world and help bring smiles to disadvantaged children.

September, 2009 - Thank You Note by Nghe An People's Committee
October 2009 - Certificate of Merit No. 5035/QD-UBND-TD by Nghe An People's Committee.

November, 2009 – Operation Smile Vietnam was honored Friendship Medal - No. 1666/QD-CTN by President of Vietnam Nguyen Minh Triet for the continuous supporting Vietnam in healthcare areas and contributing to the development of Vietnam and United States relationship.

Co-founders of Operation Smile, Dr. Bill and Kathleen Magee were awarded the Friendship Medal by the Government while Regional Vice President – Mr. Vander Burg, Smile Ambassador – Sir Jackie Chan and Regional Director – Viet Nguyen were awarded medals for peace and friendship amongst nations by VUFO


June 2008 – USNS Mercy docks in Nha Trang and 90 patients are treated with the assistance of a team of medical volunteers from Operation Smile Vietnam and guest participant Cindy McCain.


March 30, 2007 – Operation Smile Vietnam opens a Comprehensive Care Center in Hue in collaboration with the People’s Committee of Thua Thien Hue

November 2007 – Operation Smile Vietnam participates in the global initiative World Journey of Smiles, with 334 patients treated at sites in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and in Hue in the first surgical mission at the new Hue Care Center.  The celebration of Operation Smile Global 25th Anniversary has brought in 7,000 medical evaluations in 45 mission sites and treated 4,300 children and families in 10 days.

November, 2007 - Certificate of Merit No. 445 and No.446 by Lao People's Democratic Republic.


September, 2006 – Certificate of Merit No. 2494/ QĐ – BYT to Operation Smile by Misnitry of Health Vietnam for exemplary work in bringing smiles in the lives of children through free medical missions.
May, 2006 – Certificate of Merit of Appreciation was awarded to Operation Smile Vietnam by National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology - Ho Chi Minh City in recognition of 17 years of serving children in Vietnam.
May, 2006 – Mr. Nguyen Viet Phuong – Chief Representation Operation Smile Vietnam – received award by National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology - Ho Chi Minh City on his continuous support Vietnamese children.
July, 2006 - In Washington DC, Operation Smile and Founders was honored by The Minister -Ministry of Health of Vietnam – Mdm Tran Thi Trung Chien for its success in providing care for the people of Vietnam.

October 26 – November 1, 2003 – Operation Smile Vietnam team conducts first mission to neighboring country, Laos, where 46 Laotian children are treated in the Vientiane province under the support of the MOH of Vietnam and Laos.

April 1999 – Launched in February of 1999, Operation Smile’s World Journey of Hope was a journey which conducted more than 5,000 reconstructive surgeries to correct cleft lips, palates and other facial deformities on children and young adults throughout the world. In Vietnam, Medical missions to Hanoi (85 patients treated), Ho Chi Minh City (142 patients treated) and Noi Bai International Airport (20 patients treated on World Journey of Hope airplane) and Dr. Bill Magee greeted by the Vietnam Vice President Mdm. Nguyen Thi Binh.


June 28, 1997 – U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright visits Operation Smile working at Ho Chi Minh City Hospital and awards Operation Smile Vietnam on its contribution the normalization process between Vietnam and America.

December 9, 1997 – U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala visits the Hanoi Plastic Surgery Center and attends dinner at the Hanoi Press Club, where John Connor Humanitarian Prize was presented to the family of the late Professor Nguyen Huy Phan M.D., D.Sc. who hailed as the “People’s Physician” and Founder of Operation Smile Vietnam

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