BFM, Smile Asia to conduct free surgeries to 110 children with cleft lips and palates in Taunggyi

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A child with cleft lips and palates is ready to receive medical check-up before undergoing surgery.
Photo: Thura Lwin (Eco)

More than 100 ethnic children with cleft lips and palates will undergo free surgery in Taunggyi under the seven-day programme jointly conducted by Smile Asia and the Kanbawza’s Bright Future Myanmar Foundation (BFM).
The programme launched yesterday at the Women and Children’s Special Hospital in Taunggyi, Shan State, with an opening address by Chief Minister of Shan State Dr  Lin  Htut.
Dr Vincent Yeow, founder of Smile Asia, gave an update on the International Friendship Medical Mission 2017 and U Nyo Myint, Senior Managing Director of the KBZ Group  of  Companies, expressed thanks to employees of the KBZ Group of Companies and BFM for their voluntary services to the medical program.
More than 100 ethnic children of Shan, Pao, Kayah, Kayan, Larhu, Danu, Palaung, Kachin and Bamar from Sagaing Region and Shan and Kayah states have enrolled for the programme and a total of 31 medical staff from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore and the United States are carrying out medical check-ups and blood tests in preparation for the upcoming surgeries.
“Everyone accepts that a smile is an expression which brings kindness and friendship to each other. Bringing back smiles to the children can promote the friendship among communities in Myanmar and the future of our children,” said Daw Nang  Lang Kham, Chairperson of BFM, which has mainly sponsored all of the costs, including accommodation and other expenses of the children, and also provided Ks50,000 to each of the children’s families.
The philanthropic foundation has already contributed more than Ks33.3 billion to the development in Shan State from 2010 to 2016.
Smile Asia has provided free medical care to children with cleft lips and palates since 2010.
This year’s mission by Smile Asia comes for the third time to Myanmar.
More than 170 children received medical check-ups, and of them more than 110 received surgery in the second mission last year at Yangon General Hospital in Yangon.
Since its establishment in 2008, when Cyclone Nargis ravaged  Myanmar, BFM has carried out social welfare activities nationwide, adopting five tasks for corporate social responsibility and spending more than Ks170 billion  nationwide. — Thura Lwin (Eco)

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