Cleft -lip and cleft -pallet is a major problem in developing countries like Bangladesh. The people with cleft -lip and cleft -palletare unable to eat or speak properly for which they have to face an isolated life filled with pain and shame for not being socially acceptable. Touching Souls International offers free cleft-lip and cleft- pallet surgeries for economically disadvantaged people of Bangladesh. Cleft- lip operation gives the person a whole new start of life. Our cleft- lip project is dedicated to optimize the quality of life of individuals affected by facial birth defects.
Management of cleft lip/cleft pallet involves more than surgical repair of the defect. Services of other professionals such as dentist,orthodontist, otolaryngologist, audiologist, and pediatrician are usually required to identify and treat the associated problems. In addition the care is provided by each specialist carefully timed and coordinated in an individualized overall treatment plan. Touching Souls International’s volunteer medical teams travel to different parts of Bangladesh where they are hosted by the local hospitals to operate their free cleft-lip camp for the needy.
Touching Souls Internationale’s cleft- lip project works in co-operation with Cleft- lip Camp Group of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Touching Souls International is an organization which is dedicated for it’s philanthropy for the disadvantaged people of third world countries. Since 2001, it has provided thirty six free cleft-lip camp in different districts of Bangladesh. In each cleft-lip camp fifteen to seventy needy cleft-lip patients got free cleft-lip surgeries. For the first time in their life, they get back the freedom of smile. These patients get back a new life to live, not to be ashamed of their God given facial birth defect any more.
In developed countries cleft-lip surgery is done within the first year of a child’s life. Whereas in a country like Bangladesh a disadvantaged person with cleft-lift may pass their adult life without having the surgery. The patient above, fifty eight year old Zinnah Begum had a desire in her life, once she would like to hear from other people that she is not ugly. And Touching Souls International gave her that support, gave her that confidence back, that she is not ugly anymore. And Zinnah Begum is so greatful to Touching Souls International for their humanitarian work.
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