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Many children, like Rina, born with cleft conditions have difficulty eating, breathing, speaking and being accepted by their communities.
Rina was teased and bullied at school because of the way she looked, and after one week refused to go back. A doctor at their local hospital told Rina’s parents, Rene and Divina, that surgery was possible to treat the condition. However, with four children to feed and clothe, and Rene earning very little as a construction worker, they knew they’d never be able to save enough for her surgery.
Fortunately, we were able to connect with Rina’s family and provide her with a free surgery to repair her cleft lip. The teasing stopped, and she now enjoys going to school and playing with the new friends she’s made.
The safety of patients like Rina is, and always has been, our highest priority. Our passionate and highly trained medical volunteers understand that when parents bring their child to us, they are placing their trust in us to treat them as if they were our own.
We take that responsibility to heart the entire time they are in our care.
Our team-oriented approach provides the highest quality care for all of our patients, in countries with under-resourced health systems where safe surgery and cleft care are unavailable or inaccessible to them.
Our community-focused patient recruitment efforts locate and treat children in need of essential cleft surgery and provide accessible follow-up treatment in places where it is needed most.
For patients who receive surgery, a new life finally begins – a life that’s free from the stigma of cleft and filled with the hope for a brighter future, but we know that our patients’ needs don’t stop when a medical mission ends.
The care we provide gives children the confidence to pursue the wonderful opportunities they were unable to realize. Learn how you can help make their dreams come true.
Our mission to create solutions that deliver safe surgery to people where it’s needed most drives us to expand our global reach and make a difference in the lives of more children and their families.
Our priority is performing safe surgery and ensuring patients receive exceptional care. Sometimes, that means holding medical programs and establishing care centers in resource-limited settings.
This commitment can present challenges, but they are challenges we overcome every day. We focus on:
The commitment we make to patients often only begins with surgery. Children born with cleft conditions often require multiple procedures, dental and orthodontic treatment, and speech therapy throughout their youth. Our teams encompass a wide range of medical specialists, all professionally certified and committed to providing excellent care for our patients at every stage of their treatment.
We provide every aspect of medical care that is needed at no cost to families we serve.
We provide world-class cleft care that transforms children’s lives in more than 30 countries, supported by more than 6,000 volunteers from 60 countries. With your help, we’ve built the local capacity to provide surgery and dental care for 19,000+ children each year. Learn more about our global approach.