Vodafone Ghana Foundation, under its Employee Volunteerism initiative, has partnered Operation Smile, a volunteer-based children’s medical charity, to create awareness about a free surgical procedure for Ghanaians living with cleft lips and palate.
The 45-minute surgery, which will be conducted by a team of international medical professionals from across the globe, is scheduled for 9 April 2015 at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Central Region.
The Foundation, through this initiative, is also encouraging the general public to help identify and register Ghanaians with cleft lips for the free surgery by dialing 0502407860.
Commenting on the initiative, Nana Yaa Afriyie Ofori-Koree, Foundation and Sustainability Manager at Vodafone Ghana, said:
“People with such defects experience pain eating, speaking, breathing properly and socializing in society, school, church and other social functions. Vodafone Ghana, as a telecommunication giant, is ready to provide access to health solutions that empower Ghanaians of uneven financial strength to be happy, free and in good health.”
Sharing his experience, one of the volunteers and the project leader, Simone Vaccari, said: “I am excited to be part of this campaign to create awareness for this palate defect which is considered a curse in some communities and eventually affects the self-esteem of people with such conditions. Our objective is to reach and register Ghanaians with this condition for the free operation.”
Operation Smile, besides providing free surgeries to repair these facial deformities, will provide free accommodation and food for the beneficiaries and a family member during the entire period of the operation
To register, please call 0502407860.
Source: Vodafone Ghana