KBZ Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation Funds More Vital Cleft Lip Operations for Children In Partnership with Smile Asia

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KBZ Bank in partnership with the KBZ Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation (BFM) and Singapore-based Smile Asia Medical Mission are collaborating for the third time to offer crucial cleft lip and cleft palate operations for children in Myanmar. The recurring partnership, which has already benefited hundreds of young patients, was reaffirmed at the 8th International Friendship Medical Mission 2017. The opening ceremony of the mission was held today, 12 October, at the National Blood Centre in Yangon, under the management of the Ministry of Health and Sports. The organizations came together for a mission at the beginning of February earlier this year to provide cleft lip and palate procedures for 80 children at the Women and Children’s Hospital in Taunggyi, Shan State. In 2016, they also performed successful operations for 113 children in need of corrective surgery at the Yangon General Hospital. Donations from KBZ Bank and BFM towards sponsoring this latest series of life-changing operations will continue until 17 October, meaning that at least 100 children will receive free cleft lip and cleft palate operations at Yangon General Hospital. To make these operations as accessible as possible to disadvantaged children, who may not have been able to seek help otherwise, travelling expenses, accommodation and food for the patients are borne by KBZ Bank and BFM. “It is encouraging to see that the number of children with cleft who are registered to receive operation has decreased, compared to the previous projects on which we have collaborated with Smile Asia. These missions have not only raised public awareness, but have inspired local communities to actively participate in other campaigns with the same objectives to help these children. The KBZ Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation team feels heartened to see the community take care of the infants born with these complications,” said Daw Nang Lang Kham, co-founder and chair of the BFM Foundation. The BFM foundation was founded in 2008 and has donated more than 128 billion kyats in different sectors such as education, health, social, religion and development of the citizens of Myanmar.

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