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

New microscope unveiled in Iraq

Brian Sommerlad recently returned from his tenth visit to the cleft centre in Sulaimania in the Kurdish region of Iraq where he was able to attend the unveiling of the new operating microscope, donated by CLEFT.

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Author: Melanie Baldwin

Speech therapy: together we go far

One of our primary aims is to focus on multidisciplinary and comprehensive care for all children, young people and adults affected by cleft. Speech and Language Therapists play a vital role in the delivery of multidisciplinary care and enable patients to achieve their potential. One of CLEFT's trustees and recently retired speech therapist, Marie Pinkstone, shares why working with colleagues overseas has played such an important part in helping to build a stronger multidisciplinary team.

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Author: Melanie Baldwin

CLEFT Project in Egypt February 2024

The CLEFT chairman, Brian, visited Sohag on 4th February, for the 12th time since 2010, to hold an operative workshop with the local team in Sohag University Hospital carrying on the links between CLEFT and the cleft lip and palate team in Sohag.

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Author: Melanie Baldwin

Global Cleft Care and Cleft Research Webinars this March

This March, CLEFT is pleased to be co-hosting the first Craniofacial Society of Great Britain & Ireland pre-conference webinars for clinicians, trainees and students involved in cleft care. Working in collaboration with the CFSGBI and CLAPA, registration can be made now.

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Author: Emily De'ath

Our impact

1 in 700

children is born with a cleft palate.

£40

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

£250

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