Cleft Lip and Palate (CLIPP) Project

Project Cleft Lip and Palate (CLIPP) Project
Objectives

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

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

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

Locations Dhaka, Bangladesh
Period Mission No. 7: 5 to 13 July 2012
Accomplishments

• Mission No.7: 60 patients • Total number of patients benefiting from the procedures is 398 patients

Background

The need for this project is evident in the significant number of untreated cleft lips and palate patients in Bangladesh; there are approximately 200,000 cases awaiting treatment, this is due to poor economic conditions and the lack of local surgical expertise. Cleft lips and palate is a major problem in developing countries, like Bangladesh, where millions of children and adults suffer from this facial birth irregularity. Children are subjected to social stigma and often live a life filled with unnecessary isolation and shame, because of their appearance and speech impediment.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

Since 2008, a total of 398 patients have been successfully treated to date. The highly skilled groups of medical professionals deployed on these missions comprised of plastic surgeons, anesthetists and Operation Theatre nurses, who provide the best possible treatment for every patient. All treatments are provided free of charge because patients come from underprivileged families. In order to continue to build the capacity of our local partners, MERCY Malaysia’s medical teams conduct training sessions for local medical practitioners. Sharing their knowledge and experience with the local medical practitioners, this remains an important part of the CLIPP project and is a sustainable outcome of the CLIPP Project.