MTN Rwanda commits another $10,000 (Rwf 6.5 million) for free cleft surgeries in Rwanda

MTN Rwanda commits another $10,000 (Rwf 6.5 million) for free cleft surgeries in Rwanda

KIGALI- MTN Rwanda today announced continued financial support for the free operations of Rwandan children and adults born with cleft lips and cleft palates. MTN committed another $10,000 for this year’s operations only.

Partnering together with Rwanda’s Ministry of Health and Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA) the money will facilitate the operation of over 300 Rwandans born and affected with the vice. Last year alone MTN Rwanda offer $30,000 (Rwf 18 million) to allow free operations of cleft patients in Rwanda.

MTN Rwanda CEO, Khaled Mikkawi, while handing over the dummy cheque to officials of Operation Smile at CHUK said, “Last year alone MTN Rwanda offered $30,000 (Rwf18 million) to allow these free operations. This year approximately 200 patients will receive the free surgery. Another 150 surgeries in Butaro will be carried out. The money will also facilitate the training for 174 health care professional and 26 medical staff.”

“Since we started engaging in this noble cause we have already donated over $40,000 in the past two years. As the market’s leading brand we are also playing an ambassadorial role to make sure other partners join and support the same cause,” he added.

Cleft lip and cleft palate which are scientifically referred to as cheiloschisis and palatoschisis respectively, can cause severe variations of a deformity caused by abnormal facial development during the development of a human being. OSSA officials explained that a cleft is an opening or a gap caused by non-fusion of the body's natural structures that form before birth.

Approximately 1 in 700 children in the world are born with a cleft lip or a cleft palate. Clefts can also affect other parts of the face, such as the eyes, ears, nose, cheeks, and forehead. A cleft lip or palate can be successfully treated with surgery, especially so if conducted soon after birth or in early childhood.


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About MTN Rwanda:
MTN is a global communications company and world-class cellular network. As a major communications company, MTN is specifically focused on the Africa and the Middle East. Serving you since 1998, MTN Rwanda continues to expand its network, offering new and innovative packages and services, and keeping with the latest trends in communications while maintaining affordability.  MTN Rwanda has over 3.4 million subscribers and its network coverage extends to over 98 percept of the population.

About Operation Smile
Operation Smile is a global non-profit, volunteer medical services organisation, which provides free reconstructive surgery to children and adults with cleft lips and/or cleft palates in over 60 countries worldwide. The success of Operation Smile over the last 29 years is due to the amazing volunteer, diplomatic, corporate and individual support that the organisation receives. Together with their partners they create change, provide hope and give people who would not otherwise have the opportunity and chance to live a normal life.


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