We aim to provide long-term, sustainable ways to bridge the gap in cleft care and knowledge in the UK and overseas

A New Era of Cleft Care in Iraq

Niza was a 3 month-old baby with an incomplete bilateral cleft (partial double-sided) lip and cleft palate. The first operation was to repair the lip and the front of the palate. The rest of the palate will be repaired by the team in Sulaimania in 3-6 months' time.


Author: Melanie Baldwin

Psychology in cleft care

What is the role of a Psychologist in cleft care in the UK and is there any reason why the same principles can't be applied in lower and middle income countries? Dr Kate le Maréchal, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Service for the Evelina London Cleft Service delves into the importance of the Psychologist as part of the multidisciplinary care given to cleft patients and their families.


Author: Melanie Baldwin

Trainee Video Series Highlights CLEFT Expertise

Shonnelly Novintan has created some insightful videos by collaborating with clinicians from the CLEFT Trustee board and steering committees. The videos look at why they pursued their chosen career paths, what their motivation was for joining the CLEFT charity and what advice they would give trainee surgeons thinking about pursuing a career in cleft care.


Author: Melanie Baldwin

Our impact

1 in 700

children is born with a cleft palate.


the cost of a cleft operation on a baby in a low-income country.


cost to give treatment over a lifetime.

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Breakthroughs in cleft research

  • Development of an automatic scoring software tool

    This pioneering research using artificial intelligence is an exciting new project currently being undertaken at the Birmingham Children's Hospital. Read more

  • FOXF2 gene discovery

    A genetic defect has been identified in a family from Egypt with a type of palate abnormality and speech disorder apparently not previously described. The FOXF2 research is one of the many projects currently funded by CLEFT, paid for with money raised by our donors and fundraisers. Read more

  • MRI Speech Assessment

    This important research looked at using MRI to assess whether further surgery could improve speech for people with repaired clefts. Read more

  • New paper published in the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal

    Research that CLEFT funded shows how a pioneering surgical technique results in a very low rate of secondary speech surgery and very good speech outcomes in children aged 5 years of age, with less need for speech therapy. Read more