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PROJECT TYPE: Clinic for Children with Cleft Palate and Cleft Lip

PROJECT PARTNERS: Operation Smile Morocco, STO

ENGINEERING PARTNERS: Web Yates (Structural) and Max Fordham (M & E)

STATUS: Construction

What it’s about:

A child is born with a cleft lip or palate every 3 minutes. Without treatment, a cleft palate can cause difficulties with eating, drinking and breathing. In Eastern Morocco there are a limited number of facilities that treat cleft palates, and so families living in the East are forced to travel long distances to receive the crucial treatment for their children. Operation Smile - a global charity of volunteer surgeons and clinical staff – runs several hundred reconstructive surgery missions in more than 30 countries every year. The clinic in Oujda will serve the population in eastern Morocco as the centre where extended care will be given both before and after surgical procedures. The clinic will draw patients from the Eastern region Morocco near the Algerian border. It will also provide dental care to school children in the Oujda region.

The design of the clinic follows the tradition of Moroccan houses: waiting areas and treatment spaces are arranged around a courtyard, providing light, ventilation and pleasant views from every room. A strategy of shading windows and night-time cross ventilation will keep rooms cool in the hot summers; only the dental surgeries will have air conditioning.

STO, a German manufacturer of building materials donated materials for the external façade and most of the internal floors, walls and ceilings. STO also sent technicians to site to train the local crews in the application of the finishes. This generous donation helped make the construction funds go much further.


Children who have undergone life changing operations