We do a number of these medical missions around the world with the sole goal of helping children's health
La Oroya (PRWEB) August 15, 2007
Doe Run Peru has teamed with medical professionals from Rotaplast International to provide cleft lip and palate surgery to a record number of children from towns near La Oroya and other parts of the central Andes.
A Rotaplast International "Smile in the Andes" delegation of 38 surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals and volunteers specially trained in reconstructive surgery is working at the hospital in the town of Chulec near La Oroya to operate on this year's group of children and do follow-up examinations on dozens of other children the program helped on previous trips.
Doe Run Peru pays all expenses for the surgeries so that the surgeries are completely free of charge to the children and their families.
Rotaplast officials estimate as many as 120 cleft palate or cleft lip surgeries will be performed during this year's campaign, which is scheduled to conclude this week. Patients being treated in the program this year come from towns including Huancayo, Cerro de Pasco, Huancavelica and Ayacucho.
In addition to medical expenses, Doe Run Peru provides logistical support for the program. Rotaplast International is a community service organization established by participating Rotary Clubs. Rotaplast has performed similar work across South America and around the world for some 15 years, treating more than 10,000 children in that time.
Delegation Director Tom Fox applauded Doe Run Peru's participation in the program: "We do a number of these medical missions around the world with the sole goal of helping children's health," Fox said at a news conference. "Doe Run Peru contributes magnificently to the Smile in the Andes campaign, contributing all the facilities we need, including food, lodging and logistical support.
About Doe Run Peru
Doe Run Peru is a mining and metals company operating in Peru's central Andes. The company has run the La Oroya metallurgical complex since 1997 and the Cobriza mine in Huancavelica since 1998, producing high quality refined metals while at the same time working to operate in a socially and environmentally responsible way.
For more information please visit: http://www.doerun.com.pe
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