A new venture has started between CLEFT and the Centre for Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery In Sulaimania, the Kurdish region of Iraq to help develop multidisciplinary care for children born with cleft lip and palate and associated conditions.
Initially, this collaboration would primarily be to teach and train the surgeons and hospital staff. There is one speech therapist who is only able to work for one day in the cleft centre so this is one area that CLEFT could make a difference in. CLEFT may also be able to assist in providing equipment and teaching material. We have recently launched an appeal to raise £50,000 to buy a C-Arm (a piece of anaesthetic equipment) for the hospital.
Appeal to buy a C-Arm
CLEFT has recently been involved with visiting the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan where conditions such as cleft lip and palate have been neglected in recent years.