What is the Cost of Free Cleft Surgery in the Middle East?

Sheriff S., Zawahrah H. J. , Chang L. V. , Beyatli S., Babiker H. M. E. , Roach A. L. , ...More

WORLD JOURNAL OF SURGERY, vol.42, no.5, pp.1239-1247, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00268-017-4309-8
  • Title of Journal : WORLD JOURNAL OF SURGERY
  • Page Numbers: pp.1239-1247


This project explores the costs of cleft lip and/or palate surgeries in Palestine and Sudan, two low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), in the Middle East. Our purpose is to examine the veracity of advertisements from international cleft organizations claiming that "250 US dollars (USD) covers the cost of a single cleft surgery." We hypothesize that the actual cost of surgery is greater than 250 USD.