Every day, babies are born with cleft lip and cleft palate, which affects an infant’s ability to nurse.
The hole in the lip (cleft lip) or the roof of the mouth (cleft palate) makes it extremely difficult for the baby to latch and swallow when nursing, thus many of these children cannot receive the nutrients they need to thrive and grow. Many die from starvation. And of those who don’t, they are often ostracized by their peers, shunned by their communities, and hidden away by their families.
CBM performs about 2,000 cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries every year and will provide ongoing rehabilitation services such as speech therapy if needed.
In addition to surgical intervention, finding these children early before they become severely malnourished is essential. These children are often hidden away by their families because of their appearances. CBM uses a network of community health workers who are familiar with the communities to help find these children so they can be helped.
CBM serves children, women and men with visual, hearing, physical and/or mental disabilities. Some of the disabilities served include:
Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate
Neglected Tropical Diseases