The GRAFT foundation in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is expected to provide free cleft lip and palate surgeries to needy people especially children in the Greater Accra region.
The project dubbed, Accra Hope Project is expected to take place at the Dodowa District H0spital from April 1st to May 7th. This is the first of such project by the not-for-profit group in the capital after running similar projects in the other regions.
Cleft lip and cleft palate are openings or splits in the upper lip, the roof of the mouth (palate) or both. Cleft lip and cleft palate result when facial structures that are developing in an unborn baby don’t close completely. Cleft lip and cleft palate are among the most common birth defects.
Dr Brainerd Anani, Projects director of the GRAFT foundation interacting with Ghanahealthnest.com expressed optimism of the project following successful screening process on 21st and 22nd April, 2017 at the Koforidua Central Hospital and Dodowa Hospital respectively.
“The impact the project will make by restoring smiles to the faces of those who will receive the repairs, is our utmost goal” Dr Anani intoned.
He encouraged all prospective patients who missed the screening, to report to the foundation to see how they can also benefit from the opportunity.
GRAFT Foundation which is an acronym for Ghana Reconstruction of Anomaly and Trauma Fund is a Ghanaian based non-governmental, non-profit making organization which seeks to bring hope to the medically hopeless and poor in West Africa by providing free reconstructive plastic surgery to bring smiles and reinstate them into society. Graft Foundation was founded by the Chairman, Dr. Kwame Abrokwaa-Yankyera, Head of the Plastic Surgery and Burns unit of 37 Military Hospital, Accra and managed by Dr. Brainerd Anani, who acts as the Managing Director and Projects Director.
Many lives have been changed through the Hope Projects and ECOWAS Compassion Outreaches organized by GRAFT Foundation.
Having a baby born with a cleft can be upsetting, but cleft lip and cleft palate can be corrected. In most babies, a series of surgeries can restore normal function and achieve a more normal appearance with minimal scarring.
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.