Rotary Club of Broomall and Rotaplast

Posted By Seth Rosenberg

The Broomall Rotary Club is humbled to continue its tradition of having members volunteer overseas with Rotaplast every year by working hard as support staff beside doctors, nurses, and local support staff for two weeks at a time. Recently, James Bradley, Jr. went to Nagamangala, India in November, 2023 and, currently, Craig Galante is in Sylhet, Bangladesh. You can follow the current team on Craig’s blog at and search for the current Bangladesh mission.
From Rotaplast’s website:
Rotaplast International, Inc. is committed to helping children and families worldwide by eliminating the burden of cleft lip and/or palate, burn scarring, and other deformities. Working with local professionals, Rotarians, and other organizations, Rotaplast sends multidisciplinary medical teams to provide free reconstructive surgery, ancillary treatment, and training for the comprehensive care of these children. Rotaplast supports education and research towards prevention of cleft lip and/or palate. Our aim is to help local professionals build sustainable models for the care of these children, improving their lives and those of their families.
Rotaplast will employ the following strategies to reach this goal:
Facilitate medical missions to provide surgical intervention for children who are not able to receive treatment or who are in need of more complicated medical procedures than can be provided by local physicians.
Counsel families about ways of reducing the incidence cleft palate anomalies through diet, vitamin supplementation, and lifestyle changes.
Collaborate with local health professionals on follow-up care and on development of comprehensive cleft palate programs where feasible.
Learn about the incidence and causes of cleft lip and palate anomalies, including both genetic and environmental factors.
Educate local physicians and specialists by urging them to work with our teams to broaden their skills in treating cleft anomalies.
Foster international goodwill and fellowship by working with Rotarians as well as with health officials in host countries.
For more information on how you can support this incredible international project, please go to:
Photo: Jim Bradley, Jr. Backrow, 5th in on the left in India (right) and Craig Galante, back row, center in Bangladesh (left). By: Leslie Stack
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