Dear APPNA Family,

The incidence of cleft lip/palate in Pakistan is 1 in 500 live births thus it is very common. Unfortunately because of widespread poverty and lack of resources, most of the children are not able to receive surgical correction leading to lifelong disfigurement, bullying and marked disability, and depression. The experience is even worse for girls.   Early detection and timely surgery is the key to help affected children but in the developing countries such as Pakistan, access to surgery and rehabilitation especially for poor is nonexistent. Some NGOs do try to help but local resources are limited.
One surgery can change life of a child but only if parents can afford the cost of the procedure. We are planning bring a change and help in making a difference.

            Please see the remarkable difference this surgery can bring to someone's smile and life:

Project Cost: Cost/Child $200
Please donate and change life of one child at a time. A noble use of your Zakat/donation.

How to donate:
1. Please go to or just follow the link below (please choose cleft lip project for donation)

2. Send checks addressed to APPNA SWDR and in memo mention cleft lip/palate project and mail checks to APPNA, 6414 South Cass Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559-3209 .

Project Outline:

We plan to help endogenous plastic surgery programs in every province (with the help of alumni and local NGO's) in a collaborative manner to provide this service free of charge to poor who cannot afford. Our program do include a package/child including finding patients, educating families, screening and transporting patients to hospital, initial assessment, cost of corrective surgery which will include all hospital expenses, operation room expenses and compensation to surgeon and anesthesiologist (if needed), hospital stay, medications, management of complications including ICU stay (if needed), and follow up visits/services including speech therapy etc.

We are negotiating with plastic surgery departments at teaching hospitals in Faisalabad, Peshawar and Karachi and many more in other cities will join. We will have oversight on each program and will regularly update our donors. Our first camp with 10 scheduled surgeries will be held in Faisalabad (by Plastic Surgery Department of Allied Hospital/Punjab Medical College) in last week of February and such event will continue every other month at many cities and will increase in frequency and numbers depending on donations received.

We need your help and support to make this project a success for many more years to come.
Please donate.

On behalf of Social Welfare Disaster Relief Committee (SWDRC) 2017:

Shahid Sheikh, MD

Majeed Arain, MD

Sajid Chaudhary, MD
President, APPNA 2017
Aisha Zafar, MD
Naeem Khan, MD

Mansoor Alam, MD
Shahid Yousuf, MD
Mohammad Aslam, MD
Irfan Rizvi, MD
Amjad Ghani Sheikh, MD
Ghulam Mujtaba, MD
Rashid Hanif, MD
Association of Physicians of Pakistani-descent of North America (APPNA)
Sajid Chaudhary, MD
 Iqbal Z. Hamid, MD President-Elect M. Rizwan Khalid, MD Secretary M. Sohail Khan, MD Treasurer
M. Nasar Qureshi, MD Immediate Past President

6414 S. Cass Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559-3209
Phone: (630) 968-8585 Fax: (630) 968-8677

APPNA is organized for educational and scientific purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986