uniBank, in partnership with Operation Smile, an international medical charity organization, would undertake a medical mission to perform free surgical operations for 150 patients born with cleft lips and cleft palates.

This mission is scheduled for early April this year at Ho, in the Volta region.

Cleft lips and Cleft palate, the 3rd commonest birth defect worldwide is increasingly spreading within some rural and urban areas in the country. This birth defect which occurs in approximately 1 per 1000 births can create speech abnormalities and breathing problems sometimes resulting in death.

Given the limited awareness, children with clefts are stigmatized and sometimes tagged as progeny from the river gods. Some are even killed by relatives.

With uniBank’s support of USD 36,000.00, Operation Smile would be able to perform free surgical operations for 150 patients who would otherwise live a life of shame and isolation.

Since its inception in Ghana in 2011, Operation Smile has provided free surgeries to over 600 Ghanaians. Worldwide, the organization has provided over 220,000 surgical operations.

uniBank as a caring partner is providing the platform to ensure that this medical mission which anchors on the bank’s CSR mission of providing amongst others, healthcare for the underprivileged transforms and gives hope to beneficiaries.