Between 6,000 and 8,000 children in the country are born with cleft lip and cleft palate each year.
“WE will increase our effort to provide comprehensive care free of charge to all patients with congenital cleft lip and palate,” said Dr Thi Ha Myint Wei of the New Look New Light charity organisation.
“We normally carry out medial operations for about 100patients per month in Yangon at our clinic at Shwe Baho Hospital in Tamwe Township, as other regions lack sufficient medical facilities,” he added.
The group plans to make field trips to give free healthcare services once a year, Dr Thi Ha Myint Wei said. “Last year, we went to Thaton, Mon State. This year, it is likely we will go to Sagaing Region or Taninthayi Region.”
Since its establishment in 2009, the charity has helped more than 1,000 patients with the aim of providing better lives to people with congenital cleft lips or palates and reducing the treatment gap in the country.
According to an estimation based on records from the Central Women’s Hospital, between 6,000 and 8,000 children in Myanmar are born with cleft lip and cleft palate every year.
“The treatment gap for cleft lip and palate is still high, as there are not enough centres to cope with the birth rate of those patients,” Dr Thi Ha Myint Wei told The Global New Light of Myanmar.
Cleft lip and cleft palate are facial and oral malformations that occur very early in pregnancy. It occurs if the mother does not receive enough folic acid, is undernourished oris under stress during the pregnancy.
The disease is commonly found in children from families with low socioeconomic status, mostly in the country’s remote areas, Dr Thi Ha Myint Wei said.
People with cleft lip and cleft palate problems may contact 09 5049135 and 09 258 121 038 to inquire about treatment opportunities.