Caring for Cleft Podcast

You’re listening to Caring for Cleft, an audio series that tells stories of comprehensive cleft care around the world. Caring for Cleft is brought to you by the team at Transforming Faces.

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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.