From May 10 – 19, 2024, a significant healthcare initiative took place at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Keffi, Nasarawa state. This was the 28th Free Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery outreach, a collaborative endeavour involving the TY Danjuma Foundation, the Cleft and Facial Deformity Foundation, and the Nasarawa State Government.

The primary objectives of this outreach were twofold. Firstly, it aimed to raise public awareness about craniofacial anomalies, conditions that can significantly impact the lives of those affected. Secondly, it sought to provide free healthcare access to underserved populations grappling with cleft and facial deformities, thereby addressing a critical gap in healthcare provision.

The outreach holds a special place in the landscape of public health due its crucial role in addressing the prevalent issue of untreated cleft lip deformities in Nigeria, a condition that often leads to social stigma and health complications.

During this impactful outreach, a total of 64 patients were screened, out of which 46 underwent transformative surgeries, including cleft and maxillofacial procedures. The patients hailed from various states across Nigeria, underscoring the nationwide spread of cleft and facial deformities and the impact of the initiative.

In addition to providing surgical interventions, the outreach also focused on capacity building. Staff of the host facility, (FMC, Keffi) received specialised training on managing post-surgical patients, thereby enhancing their skills and knowledge.

The 28th Free Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery Programme is a testament to the TY Danjuma Foundation’s unwavering commitment to improving healthcare accessibility by fostering collaboration with local NGOs and healthcare institutions.