Dubai Dental Hospital (DDH), the first and largest dental hospital in Dubai, has partnered with the Al Jalila Foundation to provide fully funded, time-consuming and multi-disciplinary dental treatments to five children and two adults with cleft labial and palatal.
The initiative is coordinated in conjunction with the non-profit medical service organization Operation Smile UAE, which referred the cases. The seven patients of different ages will undergo treatments over the next three years or more, which will be funded by the Al Jalila Foundation.
Dubai Dental Hospital, the clinical affiliate of Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) and the teaching hospital of its dental college, Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine, will provide a comprehensive treatment for cases with a pediatric surgeon from Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital (Al Jalila Children’s). The MBRU faculty, along with its postgraduate dental students and Al Jalila Children’s Surgeon will progress the cases.
“Caring for these cases is in line with our hospital’s commitment to providing the Dubai community with appropriate services and our aspirations to become a globally recognized destination for innovative and integrated health and wellness. Together with our partners at MBRU, Al Jalila Foundation and Al Jalila Children’s, we work to advance health and impact lives. explained Dr. Khawla Belhoul, Senior Director, DDH.
Several specialists will work on the cases, which vary in severity. Dr. Iyad Hussein, Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine, explained, “Some patients require pediatric dentistry, others require a combination of pediatric, orthodontic, periodontic and prosthodontic treatments. We will assess each case and optimize our network of specialists who will work as a team to ensure the best long-term outcomes for these patients.
He went on to say, “Patients who have cleft lip and palate need care from birth to age 18 along a clear and globally recognized pathway that requires the work of a cohesive multidisciplinary team to support the good job from Operation Smile UAE. This team is made up of a mixed specialist dental team, Dubai Dental Hospital and Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dentistry, liaising closely with the cleft/plasty surgery team at all levels and all the steps. The DDH dental team includes orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontology, prosthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. We assess each case and optimize our network of specialists who work together to ensure the best long-term outcomes for these patients.
Operation Smile has volunteers in the United Arab Emirates who are part of the global movement to help provide anyone born with a surgical cleft condition with safe, effective and timely comprehensive care, regardless of where they live.
“At the Al Jalila Foundation, we believe that every child deserves a chance to grow up healthy and achieve their dreams. With the support of our donors and medical partners, we are able to provide the most innovative medical treatment to bring hope to young patients while easing the financial burden on their families so they can focus on the journey. recovery of their child. Tooth disorders and cracks can lead to a number of health complications and impact psychological well-being. Cleft surgery is life changing and nothing gives us more joy than being able to bring smiles to children in need. Dr. Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation.
“After providing the necessary surgery for these patients to address their cleft lip and palate issues, Operation Smile UAE contacted Dubai Dental Hospital to assist them with the more specialized dental and orthodontic care needed in the next stages of the these patients’ journey to a healthier life. . We are honored and thrilled to work with such caring professionals who truly share the values and beliefs of Operation Smile and who are ready to help change the lives of our patients. facilities, expertise and friendliness available at DDH are greatly appreciated by both patients and Operation Smile UAE.Morag Cromey-Hawke, Executive Director Operation Smile, UAE.
Operation Smile UAE, which is a branch of the international charity organization “Operation Smile”, was established in January 2011 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikha Alyazia bint Saif Al Nahyan wife of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. operation. The foundation provides free and safe corrective surgery for children and young people born with cleft lip and cleft palate. To date, more than 300,000 patients in 30 countries around the world have benefited from surgeries provided by Operation Smile UAE.