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Susan W. Hayes, Interplast president & CEO
The World Health Organization estimates there are approximately 25,000 babies born every year in China with cleft lips and/or palates and there is a backlog of hundreds of thousands of Chinese who have never received reconstructive surgery for their clefts. China has an ample supply of skilled doctors and nurses, but the healthcare system does not provide universal access. Moreover, despite recent economic progress, more than 17 percent of the Chinese population still lives on less than a dollar per day, according to UNICEF. The bottom line is that surgery is outside the reach of poor families in China. I am glad Interplast is here to help those in Qiqihaer, so they will have the opportunity to lead productive lives without the stigma of a facial deformity.