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OPERATION Smile Philippines has helped change the lives of many children. / PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF WATSONS

Every three minutes, a child with a cleft and lip palate is born. In the Philippines, one in 500 children born has a cleft and lip palate condition, a gap in the mouth that did not close during the early stages of pregnancy. Every year, about 4,500 Filipino babies are born with this condition.

Operation Smile Philippines has helped change the lives of many children born with this condition since 1982. The organization’s nine-year partnership with Watsons have helped transform the lives of 1,986 patients.

This partnership with Operation Smile is part of A.S. Watsons (ASW) Philippines’ global commitment to bring 10,000 perfect smiles as well as to educate the public and raise awareness about cleft/lip palate conditions.

Aside from partnering with Operation Smile, ASW is engaging with its employees, strategic partners and customers in contributing time and financial support in order to sponsor as many free surgical missions to continue changing lives, one smile at a time.

Aided by technology, Watsons Philippines pharmacists and employee volunteers will conduct hygiene orientation seminars online for the patients’ families on the subject of postoperative feeding, oral and lip care. Watsons will also provide Hygiene Care Kits with oral and hand care products to the 50 kids post operation.

Visit operationsmile.org.ph to know how to help make a difference in these children’s lives.

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