Comprehensive Care for Persons with Facial Cleft/Cleft Palate

Health

Our flagship project in healthcare, we support 14 centers for facial cleft and cleft palate care, with 439 patients treated despite the pandemic.

Solutions

Facial cleft is a congenital deformity in some newborn babies. There is a lack of awareness in India about the deformity with superstitions attached to it. Many children do not receive treatment. If this condition is not treated early, it decreases the life expectancy of a child. We support comprehensive care for facial cleft and cleft palate patients. Awareness campaigns are organized in rural areas, encouraging the family to come forward to seek support for their child. Services are provided to low-income families from treatment to post-operative expenses, free of cost. Nutrition, dental treatment, maxillofacial surgery, speech therapy, and other supporting treatments increase the impact. In 2020-21, 12 out of 14 centers served COVID-19 patients.

Benefits

Due to awareness campaigns, people are coming forward and seeking treatment for their children. This condition is curable through surgery and successful life-transforming surgeries lead to improved quality of life. Children are able to breathe and eat properly and their health improves. Post-operative care, orthodontic treatment, and speech therapy treatments have also helped patients a lot. This has resulted in improved self-confidence and acceptance of these children in society, school and the peers’ group. Our support has been able to give a new lease on life to affected families.

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