Rotary Club offers free cleft palate surgeries


Posted at Feb 10 2010 06:43 PM | Updated as of Feb 11 2010 02:43 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Rotary Club of Manila Foundation will be conducting free cleft palate surgeries from April 11 to 16 this year.

The medical mission, now on its second year, is an annual event that focuses on providing help to people, especially the poor, who are afflicted with cleft lips or palates.

To avail of free surgery, Interested individuals must apply for mandatory screening at the D. Macapagal Memorial Medical Center (formerly known as Caloocan City General Hospital).

Applicants can look for Dra. Melba Eduarte at the hospital or call (02) 7923 and (02) 325 5308 (contact person: Ms. Marie Sariego).

Applicant screenings are now ongoing. The project is jointly organized by the Rotary Club of Manila, Rotary Clubs Diepholz-Vechta in Germany and Stadskanaal in the Netherlands.

It is also made possible through the efforts of Operation Restore Hope, a group of medical volunteers from Germany, New Zealand and Australia who perform surgeries on indigent Filipino children every year.