Cleft Lip and Palate (CLIPP) Project

Project Cleft Lip and Palate (CLIPP) Project

• To treat and correct cleft lip and palate cases among the underprivileged segment of the population • To enhance capacity amongst the local staff related to management of cleft lip and palate

Project Partners • Dhaka Community Hospital (DCH) • University Sains Malaysia (USM)

• Reconstructive surgeries (5 days/mission) • Post-operative rounds (to check on the patients operated on the previous day) • Lecture sessions (sharing on challenges/expertise/knowledge) by the Malaysian team to DCH medical staff and students

Locations Dhaka
Period • Mission #6: 21-29 April 2011 • Mission #7: 13-21 October 2011

• Mission #6: 54 patients • Mission #7: 67 patients • Total number of patients for year 2011 is 121. • Total number of patients from the first mission till the most recent one is 338 patients

Clefts are a major problem in developing countries like
Bangladesh where millions of children as well as adults
suffer from this facial birth defect. They are often
subjected to social stigma and therefore have to live a
life filled with isolation and shame.
The need for this project is evident in the significant
number of untreated cleft lip and palate patients in
Bangladesh numbering approximately 200,000 cases
due to poor economic conditions and the lack of surgical

MERCY Malaysia efforts
MERCY Malaysia acknowledges the fact that for the
CLIPP Project to be successfully implemented in a
wider scale, it needs to go beyond surgical procedures.
Since the project began in 2008, the focus is not only
on the treatment of patients but also on the need for
the expertise and knowledge to be transferred to local
surgeons and anaesthetic staff nurses. More than 300
patients have been treated under the project and MERCY
Malaysia expects more people to receive its benefit
given the enhanced level of expertise among local

The deployment of a highly specialised and skilled group
of medical professionals (plastic surgeons, anaesthetists
and OT nurses) is facilitated by an MoU signed with
Universiti Sains Malaysia.