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 expertise.


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 practitioners.

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