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

CLEFT's expansion plans

We are very excited to announce plans to expand both our research and overseas arms. CLEFT Chairman, Brian Sommerlad, explained on live Facebook stream what these changes will be.


Author: Melanie Baldwin

Vaccine Equity Declaration


Author: Melanie Baldwin

Moriam's story

Moriam was born with a unilateral, single sided cleft of lip and palate. Her parents explain why receiving treatment at the cleft centre in Dhaka was so important.


Author: Melanie Baldwin

Our research vision

At CLEFT, our vision is of a future where clefts are preventable. Until we get there, we want to improve the lives of those born with cleft lip and palate.


Author: Melanie Baldwin

Our impact

1 in 700

children are 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

  • VPI Paper in Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal

    The American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal reviewed literature on palate re-repair for the treatment of velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) and cited the Sommerlad Protocol and Palate Repair technique of VPI as being very beneficial to patients with an 84% success rate. Read more

  • The genetics of cleft lip and palate

    Investigations into the genetics of cleft lip and palate to understand more about why cleft lip and palate occurs. Read more

  • TBX22 Mouse Model

    CLEFT has funded research into the investigation of a gene called the TBX22 that regulates important development events during normal palate function, in order to find new treatments. Read more

  • [email protected] now launched!

    We are delighted that the website [email protected] is now available. Read more