Stories

Caring for Cleft: Cleft Surgery in East Africa

Caring for Cleft is a podcast series that tells the story of comprehensive cleft lip and palate care around the world. Today’s episode examines how cleft surgery has evolved in East Africa over the past 20 years.

Tiago’s Transformation

Tiago loves dinosaurs (what 8-year-old doesn’t?), soccer (he is the local team's biggest fan!) and sweets (especially the homemade ones his mom is famous for). He shares a home in northern Argentina with three siblings, a cousin and his loving mother.When...

Meet Two Ethiopian Families Who Now Have Access to Cleft Care

In Ethiopia, cleft lip and palate continues to by highly stigmatized. In many communities, a cleft is still believed to be the result of a curse! Services can be scarce, and TF's long-time partner, Yekatit 12 Hospital has been the only centre delivering...

How Bharathi’s Life Changed at Sixteen

For 16 years, Bharathi faced shame and stigma at every turn. No one in her small, rural community understood what it meant to be born with a cleft. She wanted to go to school like her peers, but gave up on her education because of the relentless teasing she faced. She shares that “no one at school would talk to me.”

Caring for Cleft: The Transforming Faces Story

Caring for Cleft is a podcast series that tells the story of comprehensive cleft lip and palate care around the world. Today’s episode reflects on our first 20 years of delivering cleft care.

Comprehensive Cleft Care for Newborns in Myanmar

We know that early, comprehensive care is essential in helping a child born with cleft thrive! But in low-income context where specialized scare is scarce, how do you support a baby who is unable to breastfeed as a result of their cleft? This is a major concern in...