American Hospital Dubai supports Operation Smile UAE charity Iftar meal
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8 August 2012 (Dubai, United Arab Emirates): *The American Hospital
Dubai pledged its support to support Operation Smile UAE, which has held
an Iftar meal during the Holy Month of Ramadan to help raise money to
provide free corrective surgeries for children with cleft palate or
facial disfigurements. The program aims to raise funds which will
transform the lives of 87 children. Operation Smile UAE is a new
Foundation, established in January 2011.
According to Operation Smile, every three minutes a child somewhere in
the world is born with a cleft lip or palate. One in 10 will die before
their first birthday. Many of the children who survive live their lives
in shame, hiding their faces because of this tragic deformity. Operation
Smile was founded based on the belief that no child should suffer or die
because of a facial deformity.
Thomas Murray, CEO at the American Hospital Dubai, said: “We are
delighted to help Operation Smile and the wonderful work that this new
program does here in the UAE. The Iftar is especially appropriate during
Ramadan and we hope that the event will help transform the lives of many
Operation Smile is an international children’s charity committed to
saving lives and allowing children with clefts to smile properly for the
first time, by providing free surgeries and after care to those
affected. Since its founding in 1982, the charity has provided more than
200,000 free surgeries to children and young adults around the world and
over 2 million comprehensive healthcare evaluations.
cleft lip and cleft palate repair surgery for children born all over the
world, with a presence in over 60 countries, and free surgeries and
medical missions are made possible by the thousands of volunteers and
donors, throughout the world, who generously contribute time, talent and
resources to the cause.
In many parts of the world, children with cleft lip and cleft palate are
hidden away, too embarrassed to attend school and face uncertain futures
because their parents cannot afford to provide the surgery they need.
The free, life-changing surgeries take as little as 45 minutes, and can
give a boy or girl with a facial deformity a lifetime of smiles.
Also, in celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the American Hospital
Dubai sponsored an Iftar meal for 500 people at Jumeirah Mosque in
Dubai. The Iftar meals comprised a balanced range of Asian and Arabic
dishes including dates, fruit and beverages. The Iftar event forms part
of the Hospital’s Ramadan community campaign.
The American Hospital Dubai’s Ramadan programme 2012 includes the
provision of food stations positioned in the hospital during Iftar, for
the convenience of patients and visitors.
Thomas Murray, CEO at the American Hospital Dubai, added: “Our Ramadan
campaign is an important part of our outreach work within the community
that we serve; it is a special time of the year and we aim to share our
expertise to support the community and ensure that the Holy Month is a
safe and enriching experience for all members of the family.”