As reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a staggering 1.7 billion children aged 19 or younger have no access to safe and affordable surgical care. An estimated 453 million children younger than five years old have no access to even life-saving surgical care. Surgical care for the youngest members of the world’s population is often overlooked and is a critical world health situation.
Our surgeons are committed to seeking out opportunities to perform delicate facial surgeries on children living with conditions such as cleft palate, cleft lip, or other facial conditions that require advanced surgical skills. These children are part of the world community, and we consider it our responsibility to use our hard-won surgical skills to provide care to these underserved communities.