Caring for Cleft Podcast
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Episode 4: Cleft Surgery in East Africa – Progress to Celebrate!
20 years ago, treatment options for children born with cleft in a typical East African village were very limited. But over the past two decades, local health professionals have been growing new approaches to address the needs of children born with cleft lip and palate in Africa, and beyond. Today’s episode of Caring for Cleft focuses on an area of burgeoning hope and progress: the inspiring efforts of a growing number of surgeons based in East Africa who have become strong advocates for comprehensive cleft care for all. We speak to Dr. Mekonen Eshete (left) from Yekatit 12 Hospital in Ethiopia and Dr. George Galiwango (right) from CoRSU Hospital in Uganda to learn more.
Episode 3: How a 3D Cleft Palate Simulator is Transforming Cleft Surgery
Learn how a new training tool called the 3D Cleft Palate Simulator is transforming surgical results and improving the way surgeons are performing cleft palate repairs. In this episode, we speak with the creator of the simulator, Dr. Dale Podolsky, as well as Dr. Christopher Forrest, Division Head of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at SickKids Hospital. We also hear from Dr. Carlos Giugliano and Dr. Veronica Caller Farfan on how the simulator has been used to train surgeons in Latin America.
Episode 2: Launching the Speech Profession in Ethiopia
Cleft lip and palate is one of the most common birth anomalies in the world, affecting approximately 1 in 700 children.Children born with a cleft often require long-term, regular speech therapy to learn to communicate clearly.
Today, we celebrate a momentous milestone in Ethiopia: In July 2019, the country’s very first cohort of speech therapists will be graduating from Addis Ababa University’s new speech program! We will hear from Dr. Mekonen Eshete and Berhane Abera, members of the country’s only comprehensive cleft care unit at Yekatit 12 University in Ethiopia. We will also hear from Marci Rose, Program Coordinator of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration. Finally, we’ll hear from two of the undergraduate speech students themselves, about what this milestone means for them, and for the country.
Episode 1: The Transforming Faces Story
In 1999, Transforming Faces was founded with a mission of delivering comprehensive care to children born with cleft lip and palate around the world.
Now, twenty years late, we revisit our story with some of the organization’s key stakeholders, including co-founders Jackie Elton and Jo Jamieson, longtime Executive Director, Esteban Lasso and field partner, Suraj Subramaniyan.