Catriona Gray shows support for cleft treatment programs in Kenya

Catriona Gray is a global ambassador for Smile Train.

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10/17/2021 09:32 AM
Catriona Gray shows support for cleft treatment programs in Kenya
Photo credit: @catriona_gray Instagram

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray showed her support for the cleft treatment initiatives of Smile Train Africa in Kenya.

In an Instagram post, Catriona shared snapshots of the beneficiaries of the cleft treatment in Kenya.

"Treating one child's cleft doesn't just transform that one life. It transforms the life of the parents, the family, and the community," she said in one post.

In another post, the beauty queen also called for the support of the department of health to establish birth screenings.

"Working towards caring for the community, some of our main goals are to appeal to the department of health to implement birth screenings so that children born with cleft lip and palate are quickly identified and diagnosed and referred to the appropriate care," she remarked. 

Catriona also urged the media to lend a hand in overcoming the stigma associated with cleft palates. 

"We're also appealing to the media to help demystify cleft. To help educate that cleft is not the result of a 'curse' or 'witchcraft.' It is also not an indicator of a mental disability," she said.

READ: Catriona Gray named by Lifestyle Asia as Agent of Change

"We also couldn't do all of this without YOUR support along with @smiletrain 's generous sponsors and partners. @smiletrain does not just help children, they help individuals of all ages and genders with cleft. If you know someone with untreated cleft, please refer them to," she added. 

It was in February 2020 when it was announced that Catriona had been appointed as Smile Train's global ambassador.