The CLEFT team regularly visits and works with local teams, helping to provide education and training and donating much-needed equipment.
We do not sponsor individual operations and we do not send large and expensive short-term 'parachute missions' to perform many operations in a short space of time, with no follow up or long term care.
Our goal is to support local teams so that children born with clefts in these countries will have the same opportunities of having quality cleft care as those in the UK.
To date, CLEFT has supported teams in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Uganda. We have recently started to work in Kurdistan and we are looking to set up a new cleft centre in Khulna, Bangladesh.
The CLEFT workshop is held annually in Sohag.
Craniofacial clefts are large clefts that can affect the face, eyes, nose and mouth.