ISLAMABAD (APP)- Islamabad Foreign Wives Association (IFWA) has decided to fund surgeries of children suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate, to be operated upon by British plastic surgeons here. The association comprising wives of the foreign diplomats delivered the financial help to Pakistan Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Association (PCLAPA) for this noble cause, said a press release here. The donation was received by Dr. Ijaz Bashir, Secretary General of PCLAPA. President of Islamabad Foreign Wives Association (IFWA), Madam In-sun Choi, the wife of Ambassador of Republic of Korea, donated Rs. 100,000 on behalf of the association at a special function. Madam Natalia Stigelbeuer, wife of Austrian Ambassador in Islamabd presented a detailed report on charity work of IFWA on this occasion. A 10-member medical team headed by Dr. Nicholas Hart, Specialist Consultant Plastic Surgeon, the United Kingdom comprising top British Plastic Surgeon Specialists and senior doctors, will arrive Pakistan on February 25 to perform cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries. The surgeries, treatment, medicines, hospitalization, stay and food will be provided absolutely free of cost to the patients by PCLAPA.The surgeries will be performed at the 22nd Camp, which would start at PCLAPA's dedicated Bashir Hospital in Gujrat, starting Wednesday February 25, and will continue till Friday March 06. The Islamabad telephone contact number and address for an appointment or any information regarding the surgeries at Gujrat, is: Dr. Akhtar Rahman, telephone numbers (051) 2251275, and 0333-5157676. The PCLAPA also has invited volunteers of all age groups, especially students from all the cities, to assist in its charitable work. Dr. Ijaz Bashir, Secretary General of PCLAPA said, so far, a total of 1,552 children have been operated upon with 100 percent success rate and completely cured at these camps. Their entire lives have changed since then. Several dozen patients are already registered for surgery at the forthcoming camp. More patients can be registered and operated upon during the camp on a case-to-case basis, he added. Patients, in advance of the surgery, are registered with Dr. Ijaz Bashir at Bashir Hospital, Railway Road, Gujrat. Dr. Ijaz Bashir said, one out of every 530 children born in Pakistan suffered from cleft lip, cleft palate, or both. "A large number of children suffering from this disability are now awaiting surgery. 10,000 more such children are added to the number each year," he added