Operation of Hope underway in Harare


A TEAM of surgeons will this week carry out operations on people with cleft lip and cleft palate conditions at Harare Central Hospital.


The surgical mission will see over 200 surgery candidates being screened today.

The district governor for 9210, a Rotary International District which encompasses Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and part of Mozambique, Stella Dongo, is expected to be among the Rotarians who will be helping with the logistics on screening day.

Rotary Club of Avondale, in conjuction with Rotary Club of Portland Pearl, US, helped source some of the funds needed for the project through Rotary Foundation, an arm of Rotary International.

The team, under Operation of Hope, have been coming to Zimbabwe since 2006 to carry out surgical operations on children with the conditions.

Cleft lip and cleft palate is caused by abnormal facial development during gestation.

A cleft is a fissure or opening or gap.

The condition is genetic. Cleft palate results in speech problems and combined with cleft lip, it can negatively affect a child’s confidence, impacting on self esteem and behaviour, especially in teenagers who are naturally more accurately aware of their physical appearance.

The Health and Child Care ministry and the University of Zimbabwe Medical School are some of the partners of Operation of Hope on the project.

Over 750 Zimbabweans have been operated on to date.