CLEFT LIP & PALATE (CLIPP) SURGICAL MISSION

Project CLEFT LIP & PALATE (CLIPP) SURGICAL MISSION
Objectives

• Improve health and physical appearance of beneciaries suering from cleft lip and palate congenital anomalies. • Increase awareness and knowledge of patients and caregiver on infection control and post-operative care.

Project Partners • Sitagu Ayudana Hospital, Sagaing • Ministry of Health  Sports, Myanmar
Activities

• Performed 94 maxillo-facial surgeries. • Conducted 1 Basic Life Support (BLS) training course. • Conducted 5 post-operative ward rounds. • Carried out 15 teaching sessions to the caregivers of the operated patients.

Locations Sagaing, Myanmar
Period 9th– 17th July 2016
Accomplishments

• Performed 94 maxillo-facial surgeries. • Conducted 1 Basic Life Support (BLS) training course. • Conducted 5 post-operative ward rounds. • Carried out 15 teaching sessions to the caregivers of the operated patients.

NO. OF BENEFICIARIES 94

BACKGROUND

The CLIPP project started in 2013 based on the ndings of an assessment conducted in 2012, which highlighted a high prevalence of cleft-lip and palate among young children in the area. Partner assessment was completed during the same visit and revealed that Sitagu Ayudana Hospital had adequate equipment and facility to care for the post-operative patients. The rst cleft-lip and palate (CLIPP) surgical mission was deployed in 2013 where the team successfully operated on 50 children.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS/ ACTIVITIES

The 4th CLIPP Myanmar mission was conducted from 9th to 17th July 2016 and operated on 94 patients with mostly cleft lip and palate congenital anomalies. Although the initial target of this project was to provide free surgical interventions to 50 underprivileged children, 94 patients received free maxillo-facial surgeries. The increase was due to overwhelming response received during the pre-operative screening, thus the team agreed to perform additional surgeries to maximize their visit. 5 post operative ward rounds were performed during this mission while 15 post operative teaching sessions on infection control were conducted to the caregivers. In addition, 1 Basic Life Support (BLS) training was conducted to 13 sta nurses as part of knowledge transfer between MERCY Malaysia and the host (Sitagu Ayudana Hospital)