Stories

Innovating Cleft Care Treatments during COVID-19

Innovating Cleft Care Treatments during COVID-19

Hospitals worldwide are being cleared to make space for intensive care patients, and physical distancing requirements and lockdowns have necessarily postponed all traditional community-based cleft care. During this stressful time, TF’s local partners are...

A Message from TF’s Executive Director

Dear TF Supporters, These are challenging times. Staying connected is more important than ever. For 20 years, our staff and Board, our international partners, the families affected by cleft lip and palate, and supporters like you have cast a vision: for every child...

Celebrating Progress at the Asian Pacific Cleft Congress

Celebrating Progress at the Asian Pacific Cleft Congress

This month, Khon Kaen University in Northern Thailand hosted the prestigious Asia Pacific Cleft Congress. The conference was led by friend and partner of Transforming Faces, Dr. Bowornsilp Chowchuen, and attendees included many of TF’s partners in the region.

Caring for Cleft: Cleft Surgery in East Africa

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’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

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

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.”