Operation Cleft

Operation Cleft provides free cleft lip and cleft palate repair surgery for underprivileged children in Bangladesh.

Rotary Woodend has committed to funding 10 operations annually.

Why Bangladesh?

  • Bangladesh is a developing nation of over 160 million people with around 40% living on or below the poverty line.
  • Approximately 300,000 people are living with an untreated cleft lip or cleft palate in Bangladesh.
  • More than 5,000 children are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate each year.
  • Surgical repair of clefts is not covered under Bangladesh’s public healthcare system.
  • For a low-income family, the normal cost of a repair operation (around 60,000 taka or A$820) is unaffordable as it is more than their annual income.

At our regular Thursday evening meetings, we auction off a dozen eggs and approximately $50 of the proceeds go towards this fundraising effort.



To find out more, visit: https://operationcleft.org.au