KBZ Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation (BFM) hosted a project in partnership with Singapore-based Smile Asia Medical Mission to give smile to more than 100 children for the third time providing free crucial cleft lip and cleft palate operations for children in Myanmar.
The opening ceremony of the mission launched on Thursday at the National Blood Centre in Yangon, under the management of the Ministry of Health and Sports, with address by Ambassador of Singapore to Myanmar Mr. Robert Chua.
Mr Keiji Matsushima, Member of the Smile Asia, introduced the Smile Asia Medical Mission.
Dr Daw Moe Thuza of Yangon People’s Hospital and U Nyo Myint, Senior Managing Director of KBZ Bank, expressed thanks to those who volunteered for the 8th International Friendship Medical Mission 2017 and encouraged the children and their parents.
Following the ceremony, doctors and medical staff of the Yangon People’s Hospital and from the Smile Asia carried out medical check-ups and blood tests in preparation for the upcoming surgeries.
“It is encouraging to see that the number of children with cleft who are registered to receive operation has decreased, compared to the previous projects on which we have collaborated with Smile Asia. These missions have not only raised public awareness, but have inspired local communities to actively participate in other campaigns with the same objectives to help these children. The KBZ Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation team feels heartened to see the community take care of the infants born with these complications,” said Daw Nang Lang Kham, co-founder and chair of the BFM Foundation.
To make these operations as accessible as possible to disadvantaged children, who may not have been able to seek help otherwise, travelling expenses, accommodation and food for the patients are borne by KBZ Bank and BFM.
The recurring partnership, which has already benefited hundreds of young patients, was reaffirmed at the 8th International Friendship Medical Mission 2017.
The organizations came together for a mission at the beginning of February earlier this year to provide cleft lip and palate procedures for 80 children at the Women and Children’s Hospital in Taunggyi, Shan State.
In 2016, they also performed successful operations for 113 children in need of corrective surgery at the Yangon General Hospital.
Thura Lwin (Eco)