This fund will provide comprehensive cleft care for underserved children with cleft lip/palate in MENA region during our April mission to Lebanon. More babies are born with cleft in this region than almost anywhere else in the world. All care is provided free of charge so that our patients can overcome the tremendous burden of living with untreated cleft, including social stigma, poor health, malnutrition, and poverty. Funds will help provide medicines, surgical care, and COVID-19 testing.
Access to specialized cleft care in the MENA region is limited and many families have no way of getting their children the help they need. Without treatment, children born with cleft must live with a physical disability and often experience difficulty feeding properly, suffer poor physical health, and are bullied in their communities. These consequences are devastating for families living at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum, including the millions of refugees in the region.
This project will enable the GSF & GSF-MENA teams to provide pro bono comprehensive cleft care to patients: April 9-17, 2021, including surgical procedures for 30 patients & feeding assistance for parents of infants born with cleft. Our patients will receive the care they need to help them overcome the negative impacts of living with a physical disability and be able to grow and thrive. Their families will be able to integrate into communities, send their children to school, and find employment.
Comprehensive cleft care transforms the lives children born with cleft and gives them a new chance at full, productive lives. Our patients are able to thrive, attend school, and integrate into their communities. Without the burden of caring for a child isolated at home, their families are better able to gain financial stability and social support. GSF will share patient stories and photos via GlobalGiving about the life-changing care that your generosity makes possible through this Fund.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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