The Persons With Disabilities Foundation (PWDF) has announced that the Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) – also known as “Kien Khleang Hospital” – in Phnom Penh will offer complimentary treatment and surgery to patients with facial bone anomalies this November.

In a parallel endeavour, Smile Cambodia has also announced forthcoming free surgeries in December for individuals born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other conditions affecting facial bones.

The CSC will host a team of medical specialists from France who will provide complimentary reconstructive surgery for patients affected by craniofacial conditions, including congenital disorders, tumours or chronic ulcers resulting from various diseases.

The PWDF has scheduled examinations, treatments and surgeries for patients from November 6 to 17 at the CSC, situated along National Road 6A in Kien Khleang village in Chroy Changvar commune and district.

Smile Cambodia, in partnership with Smile Japan, is also set to extend a helping hand. They will offer free surgical procedures for people with cleft lip, cleft palate and other conditions. This philanthropic initiative will take place at the Kampot Referral Hospital from December 3 to 6, with the support of Smile Asia and generous philanthropists.

Chut Cham, an administrative officer at Smile Cambodia, explained that the NGO has previously offered surgeries several times at Siem Reap Provincial Hospital. However, this time, services will be extended to Kampot.

He added that free surgical services and hospitalisation would be available for both children and adults.

“The surgery for cleft lip is typically performed on children as young as 3 months old and weighing at least 6kg. For cleft palate repair, children are generally eligible starting at 10 months of age, with a minimum weight of 10kg,” he explained.

He added that individuals who have previously undergone surgery for cleft lip or palate at other hospitals are also eligible for free restorative surgery.