Helping children with Cleft Lips and Palates

Helping children with Cleft Lips and Palates

A cleft is a split or separation of parts. During the early part of pregnancy, separate areas of the baby's face and head develop individually and then join together. If this joining does not takes place or is incomplete, the baby can be born with a cleft lip on one or both sides, with or without a cleft palate (Indian Society of Cleft Lip, Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies).

In India, approximately 35,000 children are born with cleft every year and many of them live with untreated cleft due to poverty and ignorance (AIIMS).

Project Goal:

Within this project, GSK supports free cleft surgeries for children from marginalized sections of the society. Further, GSK has operationalized a toll free number dedicated to counselling cleft patients and people who wish to obtain more information about cleft.

The goal is to ensure that no child is left with untreated cleft due to poverty or lack of awareness.

Project Location: Pan India