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 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.
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...
Together, TF and our Costa Rican partner are ensuring that families are supported during their child’s treatment journey.
For the fourth consecutive year, TF’s partner was celebrated for their excellence in the non-profit sector.
From the moment Jean Paul’s mom met his cleft care team, she say “I felt calm. I felt confident. The doctor explained to me that my baby would be fine.”
Six-year-old Sara is thriving today – thanks to TF’s Ethiopian partner and our dedicated supporters in Canada! Learn more about Sara’s journey.
Two of our wonderful Thai partners visits SickKids Hospital in Toronto for surgical training.
TF proudly encourages our partners to share their extensive expertise with other cleft professionals. This is an important way to build up the cleft profession in our partner countries – and expand access to comprehensive cleft care more broadly. This...
Speech therapy in Ethiopia is on the cusp of a significant breakthrough: moving from a single qualified speech therapy in the country, to 8 trained speech therapists in 2019. Learn how we made this happen.