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Cambodia FIRST- Rose Rehabilitative Surgery Clinic


What We Do

The First-Rose Clinic undertakes free surgical procedures to improve quality of life and relieve suffering in Cambodia.

The clinic performs approx 350 simple surgeries a year that include:

  • cleft lip and palate repairs
  • land-mine amputation remodeling for fitting artificial limbs
  • burn relief including: acid burn victims
  • correcting limb and other deformities
  • conducts training for Cambodian physicians in new surgical techniques and procedures
  • trains pre and post operative surgical staff


What is Unique about this clinic

The First-Rose Clinic is run near the Chea Chumnas Hospital in the suburbs of Phnom Phen. All treatments are free of charge. A skilled Cambodian team led by plastic surgeon Dr. Nous Sarom runs the clinic. The Clinic receives funding, technical support and training from Rose Charities, Operation Rainbow Canada and from the University of Hong Kong.

Why is the Clinic Needed

A child born with cleft palate in Canada has surgery within days of birth. In Cambodia many parents cannot afford the surgery and their baby faces a childhood of suffering. A baby with cleft palate can have difficulty nursing, malnutrition and recurring ear and throat infections. The facial deformity exposes the child to persecution and neglect. Many assume that he or she is mentally retarded.

The work of the clinic is dependant upon funds from individual donors. A cleft palate operation costs approx $150. (2011).