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Cleft Care Mauritius – “Every Child with Cleft Lip and/or Palate Deserves a Smile.”
CLEFT FACT #1
Every minute, a child with cleft is born in the world. Cleft lip and/or palate occurs in about 1 to 2 per 1000 births in developing countries.
CLEFT FACT #2
The prevalence of cleft lip and/or palate varies according to ancestral origin and socioeconomic status, ranging from 1 in 500 in individuals of Asian origin and 1 in 2500 in those from African origin.
CLEFT FACT #3
Babies born with cleft lip and/or palate can get corrective surgeries as early as 6 months old. Early surgical interventions help to improve their hearing, speech and breathing.
Please Note: Cleft Care Mauritius does not endorse or take responsibility for the content of external sites. We believe these resources may be useful to people affected by cleft but cannot guarantee the information on them is accurate or relevant to your situation. Information you read online should never replace specialist medical advice from a health professional who knows what is appropriate and safe for you and/or your child.
Cleft Information and Support
Healthtalk.org is a resource covering many different health conditions, now including cleft lip and palate. “This section is based on the experiences of 24 families or couples who have a child born with a cleft lip and/or palate and 15 adults who were born with the condition. Our interviewees told us their experiences of diagnosis, birth, treatment, public awareness and social interaction with respect to cleft lip and palate and they also gave advice for other people affected by cleft and made suggestions for possible changes within the cleft service in the UK.”
International Cleft Charities and Support Groups for Associated Conditions
CLAPA – Cleft Lip And Palate Association
The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) is a small charity supporting people born with a cleft and their families in the UK.
Smile Train is the world’s largest cleft-focused organisation, with a sustainable and local model of supporting surgery and other forms of essential care.
UK organisation offering information and support to children and adults who have facial disfigurements.
Parenting and Childcare Resources
A children’s communication charity who works to develop speech, language and communication skills for all children.
Speech At Home
Speech At Home is an online training course for parents and carers of children with a cleft palate to help them understand and practice speech therapy techniques at home.
Talking Point is a website all about speech, language and communication difficulties in children. It has a range of information and resources for parents and carers of children and also for professionals.