30 Apr '16, 4am
On a mission to transform smiles across Asia
Under normal circumstances in Singapore, a child like Izzad would have received corrective surgery at about three months old. Sadly, in impoverished regions across Asia where one in every 500 children is born with a cleft lip and/or palate, tens of thousands of babies do not have access to proper treatment. Reconstructive surgery takes only 45 minutes and is inexpensive, but many poverty-stricken families can ill afford it. Local healthcare facilities may also lack the resources necessary for surgical intervention.