- Population: 52.9 million
- Partner: Northern Women’s Development Foundation (NWDF)
- Based in: Tachileik
- Partner since: 2017
- Working to ensure comprehensive cleft care services are available to children and families in the country, and bringing speech therapy closer to patients’ homes through mobile and community-based speech camps
- Collaborating with local health and community centres within the region to share information about cleft lip and palate, and ensure communities know where and how to access treatment
- Ensuring nutritional support is available to high-risk newborns and infants
- NWDF is working to expand in-country treatment options for children from Myanmar by partnering with a local dentist and rolling out tele-speech therapy to reach patients closer to home.
- In 2020, 65 families received care in partnership with NWDF
- Long travel distances: Many families have to travel for three to four days from rural communities to reach care
- Challenges in accessing care: Due to language barriers, poor road conditions, lack of locally available services and periodic natural disasters
- Shortage of cleft professionals in country: Families continue to rely on Thai professionals for many services
WHAT OUR PARTNERS ARE SAYING
- “I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation for the kind concern and devotion to promote the quality of life of these disadvantaged groups of society. I have enjoyed my long partnership with TF!” – Phanomwan Yoodee, Social Worker (NWDF)
CANADIAN SUPPORTERS: Philip Smith Foundation
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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.
Two of our wonderful Thai partners visits SickKids Hospital in Toronto for surgical training.
7-year-old Pwint was born with a cleft in Myanmar. This is her story.