Caring for Cleft: Launching the Speech Profession in Ethiopia


You’re listening to Caring for Cleft, an audio series product to you by the team at Transforming Faces. Caring for Cleft tells stories of comprehensive cleft care around the world.


Episode Overview: Cleft lip and palate is one of the most common birth anomalies in the world, affecting approximately 1 in 700 children. Children born with a cleft often require long-term, regular speech therapy to learn to communicate clearly.

Today, we celebrate a momentous milestone in Ethiopia: In July 2019, the country’s very first cohort of speech therapists will be graduating from Addis Ababa University’s new speech program! We will hear from Dr. Mekonen Eshete and Berhane Abera, members of the country’s only comprehensive cleft care unit at Yekatit 12 University in Ethiopia. We will also hear from Marci Rose, Program Coordinator of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration. Finally, we’ll hear from two of the undergraduate speech students themselves, about what this milestone means for them, and for the country.

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