Bangladesh Cleft Lip & Palate Foundation
Message From President & General Secretary
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aslam Almehdi
General Secretary, Bangladesh Cleft Lip & Palate Foundation (BCLPF)
Ph.D. (Periodontal Plastic Surgery) Tokyo, Japan
M.S. (Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Medicine) Korea
B.D.S. (DDC & Hospital, University of Dhaka) Dhaka
FIAOO (UK), FICD (USA), Postdoc (Australia)
Delta Medical College & Hospital Dental Unit
Periodontal Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Prof. Dr. Syed Shamsuddin Ahmed
President, Bangladesh Cleft Lip & Palate Foundation (BCLPF)
Ph.D. (Plastic Surgery) Japan
D.T.M. (Plastic Surgery) Japan
MBBS. Mymensingh Medical College
Former Professor & Head of Department of
Burn & Plastic Surgery Unit, Dhaka Medical College Hospital
Ex-Director, Microsurgical Research Yale University, USA
Former Fellow, Kleinert Institute for Hand & Microsurgery, USA.
Who We Are
Bangladesh Cleft Lip & Palate Foundation
Bangladesh Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation (BCLPF) is a multi-disciplinary humanitarian foundation devoted to cleft lip and palate patients in Bangladesh. It was founded on 30th November 2021 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and it is a non-profit organization. The membership is permitted to Surgeons (Plastic Surgeons, ENT Surgeons, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons), Orthodontists, Speech Pathologists, Pediatricians, Anesthesiologists and Prosthodontists.
The Cleft lip and palate is one of the most common congenital abnormalities reported in Bangladesh. In Asia, there is a high prevalence of clefts around 6000 children born with cleft lip and palate in Bangladesh each year of a total population 164 million. Many of these patients don’t have access to qualified cleft treatment or can’t afford it. The goals of the BCLPF are to advance care for cleft lip and palate patients in Bangladesh and arrange meetings & conferences for discussing how to improve cleft lip & palate surgical procedure and proper treatments. Furthermore to strengthen care activity in cleft lip and palate treatment through volunteer activity and charity missions. The vision of the BCLPF is to provide support for individuals and families with cleft lip and palate patients and other craniofacial anomalies.
A non profit organization in Bangladesh
ABOUT CLEFT LIP AND PALATE
Cleft lip & palate is one of the most common birth defects in Bangladesh and affects more than 6000 children in the country. Unless treated cleft lip & palate can interfere with feeding, speech development and hearing. Cleft lip & palate are birth defects that happen while a baby is developing in the uterus. During the 6th to 10th week of pregnancy, the bones and tissues of a baby’s upper jaw, nose, and mouth normally come together to form the roof of the mouth and the upper lip. If the tissue in the developing mouth and the palate don’t fuse together, a baby could be born with a condition called cleft lip & palate. The palate is the roof of the mouth and has two main parts. The front part behind the teeth is hard and the back part near the throat is soft. In babies with cleft palate, there is an opening between the roof of the mouth and the nose. This opening may be only through part of the palate (either the soft part or hard part) or through the entire palate. A complete cleft palate occurs when the left and right sides of the roof of the mouth have not fused together in the middle. In many cases, a baby born with a cleft palate also has a cleft lip.
CAUSES CLEFT LIP & PALATE
We don’t know exactly why a baby develops cleft lip or cleft palate, but believe that it may be a combination of genetic (inherited) and environmental factors (like medications or vitamin deficiencies). Both mothers and fathers can pass on a gene or genes that cause cleft palate or cleft lip. A mother’s exposure to certain chemicals may also cause clefting. Not getting the right nutrients may increase a child’s risk of being born with a cleft ? for example, if the mother has a lack of folic acid in her diet. Finally, smoking cigarettes and use of drugs and alcohol during pregnancy increases the risk that a baby will be born with birth defects. Research has shown that moms who binge drink (drinking five or more drinks on one occasion) during the first weeks of pregnancy have a higher risk of having a baby with a facial birth defect such as cleft lip or cleft palate.
TREATMENT OF CLEFT LIP & PALATE
In most cases, the clefts can be repaired beginning within the first few months of life. A cleft palate team includes the following specialists: Plastic Surgeons, ENT Surgeons and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons who have been treated for cleft lip or palate and have had a different experience. Today, most people born with cleft palates have surgery to close the hole in the roof of the mouth and reconnect the palate muscles between 9 and 18 months of age. This lessens the effects of the cleft palate on their speech development. People with a complete cleft lip & palate will need several surgeries to repair the cleft. These include cleft lip repair, cleft palate repair, and a bone graft to the upper jaw to close the bone gap in the gum area. In some cases, further surgery may need to be done on the palate or in the throat to improve speech. People with cleft lip or palate may spend a lot of time at the Dental Specialist and Orthodontist when they’re kids. Hearing tests to check for hearing problems and speech therapy to improve speech skills and patterns are often part of treatment, too.