To implement the Health China 2030 Strategy, facilitate poverty alleviation and improve the quality of medical services in poverty-stricken areas, CSCLF / Saint Glee International Foundation Charity Journey Program was carried out in Chaya, Tibet. Experts from Qingdao Women and Children's Hospital performed surgery for local children with cleft lip and palate.
Experts arriving at Bangda Airport, Changdu at an altitude of 4,334 meters
On 19 August, children with cleft lip and palate and their parents lined up for the free clinic early in the morning. The facial orthopedic experts from Qingdao Women and Children's Hospital immediately began to work after arriving at the local hospital.
A patient at the free clinic attracted the attention of experts. In April this year, Xiangba Quxi from Wuba Village, Kuoda County was informed by the Village Committee that his then two-month old child was among the candidates for the free surgery. The surgery, which was very successful, brought laughter back to the family.
Experts doing pre-surgery examination for local children
The experts performed surgery for 9 Tibetan children with cleft lip and palate from 21st to 23rd August. Performing surgery on small children in high-altitude areas is extremely challenging as the experts have to stand high altitude reaction and work with limited medical resources. As the first team of facial orthopedic experts aiding Chaya, the team impressed all the people with their outstanding skills and dedication.
The team performing surgery on a six-month old child, the lightest child being operated on in Chaya County
Medical staff from the People's Hospital of Chaya County also engaged in the operations and took it as an opportunity to improve their own skills. The team of experts offered training to local doctors and nurses in the process, which greatly helped to improve the quality of medical services in the local area.
The children and their parents taking photos with experts after surgery
CSCLF / Saint Glee International Foundation Charity Journey Program will also organize medical teams to go to Guizhou and Xinjiang to carry out free clinic and treatment.
(Source: Department of Fund)