Christophe Mortier


"Each year 5,000 children are born with cleft in Bangladesh". Smile Train 

Whereas in most countries cleft is solely a genetic issue, in Bangladesh it is most often a result of malnutrition of the mother while she is pregnant. When a baby is born with cleft, the mother is blamed as being cursed or of having done something wrong while pregnant to cause her baby’s deformity. Surgery is very expensive; therefore it’s not an option for poor families. Most parents are unaware that the deformity is even treatable. Most of these unfortunate children live their lives in shame – unable to eat properly, talk, go to school and are taunted by many. Many children born with cleft are abandoned at birth by their parents. A simple surgery can change the life of a child forever. HOPE works with our partner Smile Train to provide cleft surgeries to children in need throughout the year.
Bangladesh experiences a high volume of burn victims due to the use of open fire pits to cook, heat and light their homes. The wearing of loose-fitting clothes adds to the danger of this practice, as well as a lack of parental supervision and lack of observance of adequate safety measures. When burn victims do not have access to appropriate treatment, their burns produce scar tissue that often depletes functionality of the burned body area completely, creating disability. This perpetuates the cycle of poverty as kids cannot go to school, women cannot care for their families, and men cannot work. ReSurge International not only provides the surgical care and treatment of our patients but further educates our nurses, midwives, doctors and village health workers on basic emergency care as well as specialized burn care through educational seminars and workshops.