Smile Train works with local hospitals world-wide to provide surgery to people born with a cleft lip and palate. Hope Clinic has been a partner for the last few years and this allows us to offer this surgery to children (mostly) who suffer because of this birth defect.
In January 2019, we started a feeding program for cleft lip babies run by our medical director, another doctor and a nurse. Many mothers are overwhelmed by having a cleft lip baby and do not know how to feed their babies because of the deformity. These babies need this team to encourage their Mom and show them how to feed them, so they gain enough weight to be ready for surgery. Surgery is not done until these babies are at least six months old and weigh 8 kilos.
The Africa Mercy has been docked in Conakry since August 2018. During this time they have trained Hope Clinic staff in clubfoot repair, improving our sterilization techniques, operating room protocols, and bow leg and knock knee repair. They have also helped with hospital equipment and supplies.
CAMA has been instrumental in getting Hope Clinic off the ground with funding, staffing, ans training for over a decade. Today, since nationalization, they remain a partner but they have returned to their original calling as a disaster relief and development arm of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.