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Cleft Surgery One-Off Donation
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MORE ABOUT CLEFT
Cleft lips are a major problem in developing countries where more than one million children are suffering with untreated clefts. Sufferers with cleft lip/palate are less likely than their non-affected peers to attend school or hold a job and get married.
Pakistan is the 4th country in the world with the greatest occurrence of cleft-lip patients, after China, India and Indonesia.
Sadly in Pakistan every year, out of 10,000 patients, only 2,500 get operated on in government hospitals and 7,500 patients are left behind due to insufficient facilities.
In Uganda babies with cleft are called ‘Ajok‘ which means sadly means ‘cursed by God’ In many parts of the world babies with cleft are killed or abandoned after birth. Every year more than 170,000 children are born globally with clefts.
This year we want to help raise funds to perform cleft surgery on children in Pakistan with severe cleft lip/palate conditions so they have a chance to smile for the first time. Our goal is to carry out 1,000 operations this year. Al-Mustafa Welfare Trust® will be launching social campaigns on all our platforms.
Where it occurs
Every year more than 170,000 children are born with clefts. Cleft lips and palates occur in approximately 1 per 500-700 births, the ratio varying considerably across geographic areas or ethnic groupings. Clefts occur more frequently among Asians (about 1:400) and certain American Indians than Europeans. Clefts are relatively less common among Africans and African Americans (about 1:1500). Cleft lip alone and cleft lip with a cleft palate occurs more often in boys, while cleft palate without a cleft lip occurs more often in girls. (Source: World Health Organization International Collaborative Research on Craniofacial Anomalies)
Cleft lips and palates are due to the non-fusion of the body’s natural structures that form before birth. Generally, facial clefting results when medial, lateral, and maxillary nasal processes on either left, right or both sides of the forming craniofacial complex do not fuse completely. Suspected causes include genetic (inherited) and environmental factors (like maternal diseases due to certain medications or vitamin deficiencies).
Health & Psychological Effects of Cleft Lip
Children with cleft lip and palate may have had to cope with bullying or teasing. Sufferers with cleft lip/palate are less likely than non-affected peers to marry. In Uganda babies with cleft are called ‘Ajok’ which means “Cursed by God.” In many parts of the world babies with cleft are killed or abandoned right after birth.
Also, children with cleft lip and cleft palate also difficulties with eating, hearing loss, dental problems, such as cavities and missing or malformed teeth, speech and language delay.
How we can help
Our Cleft Surgery Programme
Al Mustafa Welfare Trust® organises free plastic surgery camps for treatment of children born with cleft lip and palate once a year. Camps are arranged in the poorest parts of the world where the higher number of clef lip and palate cases are located. Such as Pakistan, Kashmir, Bangladesh, India, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda. Each camp carries out up to 50 surgeries. The surgeries are carried out at camps and complex cases are referred to the network of Al Mustafa Welfare Trust® medical centres or nearby private hospitals.
We also organize seminars and public lectures for awareness of this issue. These events help to increase the interaction of cleft patients with the society and reduce their feelings of deprivation and isolation.
Al Mustafa Welfare Trust® sister organization, Al Mustafa Welfare Society, carried out 4285 surgeries in 2010-11, which is the highest recorded number for clefts surgeries in the world.