SMILE ASIA & KBZ BFM to conduct free surgeries to children with cleft lips and palates

Under the Eight-Day Cleft Free Myanmar Initiative jointly conducted by Smile Asia and the Kanbawza’s Bright Future Myanmar Foundation (BFM), more than 170 children with cleft lips and palates will undergo free surgery.

Medical experts from Yangon General Hospital and Smile Asia will carry out cleft lip and palate surgeries to the children from different areas of Myanmar from 14 to 21 August under the initiative.

The Eight-Day Cleft Free Myanmar Initiative ceremony was launched at Yangon General Hospital yesterday with addresses by the Superintendent of the Hospital Dr Aye Ko Ko, Founder of Smile Mr Vincent Yeow, Ambassador of Singapore to Myanmar Mr Robert Chua and Chairperson of the BFM Daw Nang Lang Kham.


Following the ceremony, more than 170 children received medical check-ups and blood tests in preparation for their upcoming surgeries provided by doctors from Yangon General Hospital and Smile Asia, members of the BFM and volunteers.All costs, including accommodation and other expenses of the children will be sponsored by KBZ’s Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation.

Since 2010, Smile Asia has assisted the annual medical examination to children with clef lips and palates and the group already examined total of 822 and successfully operated 536 children.

Dr. VINCENT YEWO, founder of Smile Asia, said “I am honored to jointly conduct the Eight-Day Cleft Free Myanmar Initiative with Kanbawza Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation of Myanmar. We will try to bring the smiles to at least 100 people in this year program.”