Free facial surgeries began in Harare this week with organizers saying about 60 patients are expected to have been treated by the end of the week.

About 100 people afflicted with cleft palates and other facial disfigurements attended the screening stage on Sunday. However, the organizers said only 60 people will receive surgeries with the remainder set to be treated during the next exercise.

The exercise is undertaken by a team of international doctors called Operation of Hope who are working in conjunction with the Avondale and Borrowdale Brooke Rotary Clubs.

Operation of Hope has been undertaking such missions in the country since 2006. So far more than 720 people have benefited from 13 previous missions. Last year more than 40 people, mainly children, received new appearances.

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