Spearheaded by CLAPA, Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week will run from May 12-19. One of the most common birth anomalies in the world, cleft lip and palate (CLP) is a congenital condition which happens in the first three months of pregnancy. It affects the upper lip and the hard and soft palate of the mouth. A cleft occurs when the parts which make up the lip and palate fail to fuse properly.
The condition affects a child’s appearance, speech, teeth, eating, hearing and ability to develop socially. Children born with CLP need the help of a multidisciplinary medical team to treat all of the problems associated with clefts that may develop.
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