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Shaping the future of cleft care together with Operation Smile

In 2021 we committed to a long-term program – Cebu10000 – to establish a cleft care centre of excellence in Cebu together with Operation Smile. With this program, our support goes far beyond donations and gifts in kind. The vision we share with our charity partner is a comprehensive approach to cleft care, which will change the life of at least 10,000 children in the Philippines.

In spite of the challenges of the pandemic including lockdowns in the Philippines, the program achieved its first big milestones on schedule in 2022. In July Mölnlycke’s clinical specialists carried out the first training in infection prevention for 21 medical professionals at the Pampanga Comprehensive Cleft Care Center in Rosario Memorial Hospital, Philippines. The first batch of Mölnlycke products has also been approved for donation by the FDA Philippines. Finally, the ground breaking ceremony for the building of the cleft care center of excellence at the Cebu City Medical Center took place.

Mölnlycke volunteers during the patient recruitment day in Cebu
Ground breaking in Cebu City Medical Centre

After the initial delays caused by the pandemic-related lockdowns in the Philippines, Mölnlycke participated in the ground breaking ceremony for the Cleft Care Medical Center in Cebu on 2-3 December 2022. The ceremony included 40th anniversary celebrations of Operation Smile at its birthplace - the Philippines. Mölnlycke representatives volunteered in the patient recruitment day.
The official inauguration of the center is expected to take place in the first half of 2023 and to change the lives of 10,000 children and adolescents with facial deformities in the first three years of its operations.

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