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How can we ensure that children with cleft have access to the care they deserve, worldwide? Listen to the conversations and stories that are moving the dial on Comprehensive Cleft Care.

Building Momentum for Cleft Psychosocial Care: Bolivia & the UK, Ep #10

Will my child be supported and accepted in our family? At school? In the community?

Beyond the immediate medical concerns of feeding and safe surgery, parents with a cleft-affected child worry about the long-term social, emotional and psychological implications of the condition.

This episode explores the role of psychosocial support within a Comprehensive Cleft Care approach. We speak with Dr. Nicola Stock, who highlights learning from the UK experience, and draw from Julieta Villca Guzman’s insights about integrating cleft psychosocial support in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

The Madagascar Mission: A New Model of Care, Ep #9

Historically, cleft in Madagascar was treated by foreign volunteers via a fly-in-fly-out surgical model. An infant with a cold during the “mission” dates may be excluded from surgery for a year or more! Clinique Santé Plus, in partnership with Transforming Faces and USA-based NGO Smile Train, has built the first CCC centre in Antsirabe, Madagascar and is working to inspire change nationally.

In this episode, we discuss the first Comprehensive Cleft Care centre in Madagascar, the challenges the CCC team has faced in changing perceptions of local, ongoing care, and the hopes and dreams for cleft care in Madagascar.

  • Your Host: Hugh Brewster
  • Guests: Dr. Nirina Mandrano, Dr. Benjamina Rakotoson, Seheno, Kezzy, and Mikael (Santé Plus)
  • Producers: Kristian Wykes & Danaka Robertson

Comprehensive Cleft Care Solutions in a Time of Crisis, Ep #8

The pandemic unleashed extraordinary disruption to the delivery of cleft care worldwide. In this episode, explore how a diverse group of global cleft professionals rallied toward seeing children and families receive the best care possible -- even amidst the context of a global pandemic.

  • Your Host: Hugh Brewster
  • Guests: Dr. Matt Fell (Cleft Charity, UK), Karen Goldshmied (Fundacion Gantz, Chile), Jayanth BS (ABMSS, India) and Neeti Daftari (Circle of Cleft Professionals, Canada)
  • Producers: Kristian Wykes & Danaka Robertson

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