What is a medical mission?
Medical Mission is comprised of a team of 35-40 accredited medical and non-medical volunteers, including plastic surgeons, anaesthesiologists, nurses, a paediatrician, dentist, speech pathologist, child life specialists, biomedical technicians and medical records specialists, from both China and abroad, who travel to the remote areas of the mainland to treat children with cleft condition during a week.
After proper surgery and follow up treatment, children are able to finally close their mouths, allowing them to eat and drink properly. For children with cleft palates, their mouth and nose are finally separated, reducing the chance of infections. The ability to speak properly is also restored.
What about cleft?
A cleft lip is an opening in the lip while a cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth. It is possible to have a cleft lip, cleft palate, or both. Children with clefts often experience dental problems, ear infections, and difficulty eating. Clefts also affect a child’s ability to speak properly, making it difficult to communicate.
Clefts are congenital defects that occur early in embryonic development, but the exact cause is still uncertain. It is believed that clefts are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Medical Mission Sites in 2017 & 2018 (With Expected Mission Date In 2018)
Bijie, Guizhou 貴州省畢節市 (May 2018)
Changdu, Tibet 西藏昌都市
Changsha, Hunan 湖南省長沙市 (Jun 2018)
Dali, Yunan 雲南省大理市 (Dec 2018)
Dejiang, Guizhou 貴州省德江市 (Sep 2018)
Fengkai, Guangdong 廣東省封開縣 (Oct 2018)
Haikou, Hainan 海南省口市 (Nov 2018)
Jiangshan, Zhejiang 浙江省江山市 (Jun 2018)
Kashgar, Xinjiang 新疆喀什市 (Jul 2018)
Luzhou, Sichuan 四川省瀘州市
Xian, Shaanxi 陝西省西安市
Zhengzhou, Henan 河南省鄭州市 (Apr 2018)
Ziyang, Sichuan 四川省資陽市
Zunyi, Guizhou 貴州省遵義市 (Nov 2018)