Free surgery for children with cleft lip and palate


Over 100 children will receive free surgery for cleft lip and cleft palate at Yangon General Hospital from 6 to 11 July under the arrangement by Myanmar-Singapore Friendship Medical Mission.
A Singapore-based charity called Smile Mission Ltd will conduct surgical operations. It has 60 healthcare providers from Singapore, Myanmar, the Philippines, India, Japan, the US, England and Mongolia.
The programme was organized by the Ministry of Health in partnership with Smile Mission Ltd and Myanmar Brewery Ltd, a local top beverage manufacturer.
“Our programme is aimed at bringing a better future for the children,” U Kyaw Kyar, chief operating officer of the beverage manufacturer, said at the opening ceremony of the 5th Myanmar-Singapore Friendship Medical Mission on Sunday.
He added that the beverage company has plans to continue its free cleft lip and palate surgical services in cooperation with its partners.
Cleft lip and cleft palate are congenital defects affecting one in 700 births. More than 170,000 children worldwide are born with these conditions, which present them with difficulty in eating, breathing and speaking.
“I hope the programme will enable my three-year-old son to lead a better life in society,” said Daw Mya Mya, 35, from the Ayeyawady Delta region.
Initiated in 2001 in Myanmar, the Myanmar-Singapore Friendship Medical Mission has helped more than 400 children undergo cleft lip and palate surgery.
Since its establishment in 1982, the Smile Asia has provided free surgery for 150,000 children and young adults from 50 countries born with cleft lips and cleft palates.

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