Children suffering from cleft lips and cleft palates have become a major problem in Khartoum Sudan. Most children suffering from clefts have difficulty eating and speaking. If they attend school, they are often teased by their peers, forcing them to hide in their homes in isolation and shame. Most children suffering from clefts never finish school, making it extremely difficult to find gainful employment as they get older, leaving these children and their families in a lifetime of social and economic poverty.
The good news is that IMANA Medical Relief has built a global network for our SaveSmile surgical team with volunteers of plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, family practitioners, emergency medicine staff and medical students.