We are a worldwide network of cleft professionals and cleft charity leaders with an interest in promoting Comprehensive Cleft Care (CCC) in low and middle-income countries.

The objectives of the Circle of Cleft Professionals (CoCP) are to:

  • Facilitate collaboration and networking among Cleft Professionals with an interest in multidisciplinary care in low and middle-income countries
  • Communicate the impact and learning occurring within Comprehensive Cleft Care (CCC)  projects
  • Support local teams’ growth in implementing CCC

What do we mean by Comprehensive Cleft Care (CCC)?

Why the CoCP?

Deeper Collaboration The learning of professionals in well-resourced contexts as well as those implementing Comprehensive Cleft Care (CCC) in low and middle-income countries are valuable and can lead to improved results for Cleft Lip and Palate (CLP) patients worldwide.


Practical Insights + Good Practices CLP leaders around the world are involved with research, pilot projects and project management initiatives that are highly relevant to the growth of CCC in other contexts.  Progress in advocating for CCC care with hospitals and Ministries of Health in one country or region can be instructive to dialogue with officials elsewhere.


CCC’s Moment The global consensus is that CCC can offer superior results for CLP patients.  Professionals worldwide are increasingly interested in applying and adapting a multi-disciplinary, team-based approach with patients in their own context, and working to measure its impact effectively.  The Circle of Cleft Professionals is designed to support dynamic conversations that lead to tangible improvements in the experience of children and families affected by CLP.

Resources for the Circle of Cleft Professionals

These articles, stories and links will be made available to all CoCP members. To learn more, email info@cleftcircle.org

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    If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, please email info@cleftcircle.org or call +1 416-222-6581.

Stories & Updates:

Resources for Speech Therapy in Ethiopia

Research shows that over 50% of children born with a cleft palate will require speech therapy in order to participate fully in school and in the community. Transforming Faces (TF) is proud of the team at Yekatit 12 hospital who ensure that their cleft patients have...

Ontario Doctor’s 3D Innovative Cleft Palate Simulator

Dr. Dale Podolsky, a medical resident at the University of Toronto, is making headlines with his 3D Palate Simulator! His innovation is revolutionizing the way we teach cleft palate repair surgery. Learn more about Dr. Podolsky’s innovation and recent visit to our partners in Chile.