|The Mother Smile Action charity program recently took place in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, helping treat children with cleft lip or palates. [people.com.cn]|
A ceremony to mark the latest Mother Smile Action charity program recently took place in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, offering help to children with cleft lip or palates.
The gathering took place at the No.5 Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University, in association with Xinjiang Women's Federation and Hangzhou Operation Smile Charity Hospital.
The charity is run by the China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF) and specializes in providing free care and treatment for disadvantaged youngsters.
This year, the five-day program in Xinjiang will cover nearly 300 children. First they will be screened, and around 150 of them will receive surgeries and related assistance.
The ceremony was attended by, among others, Meng Xiaosi, member of the Standing Committee of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), former vice-president, and member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), and president of the CWDF.
Officials present also included Zhen Yan, deputy director of the Committee of Social and Legal Affairs of the CPPCC National Committee, former vice-president and member of the Secretariat of the ACWF and vice-president of the CWDF; and, Hou Hanmin, secretary of the Party leadership group and vice-president of Xinjiang Women's Federation.
Volunteers, child patients and their relatives from 11 regions across Xinjiang also attended the event.
During the gathering, Zhen said the action aims to support the government to avert poverty related to medical expenses, and to motivate social forces to closely participate in poverty-alleviation activities.
Since 1991, the action has developed 168 types of major operations, and helped 30,137 impoverished children with cleft lip and palates across the country.
Zhen said she hoped that organizers and related departments could promote work related to motivation, coordination, support and safety guarantees, and help children to recover with confidence in a bright future.
The campaign has provided cleft lip and palate repair surgeries and treatment to 824 children in Xinjiang, with 90 percent from ethnic minorities, said Hou.
The project has taken place in Xinjiang eight times previously, and its next destination will be Nanning, capital city of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)