Peace Bello

Two members of staff from Cleft and Facial Deformity Foundation, Dr Osaro Eke and Nnena Obi were privileged to be among the 15 participants from multiple disciplines representing Smile Train partners across Nigeria and West-Africa sub-region. The workshop marks the 3rd edition of the “Train the Trainers” program CFDF is attending in line with the vision of offering comprehensive management to our cleft palate patients. The participants passed through practical, face to face sessions with the cleft patients and their parents, they also learnt how to identify sub-mucous clefts and determining the need for a secondary cleft palate surgery.

Smile Train which has its headquarters in New York City, is a non-profit organization, providing corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palates in 87 countries of the world. A 3 day comprehensive workshop was held from 6th – 8th of January 2020, on speech therapy at Surgical Skills Centre of Lagos University Teaching Hospital(LUTH). The training was moderated by world renowned speech language specialist Prof. Cate Crowley from Columbia university, New York City, USA. About 15 participants benefited from the training from different specialties; Speech Language Pathologist, Otolaryngologist, Audiologist, Psychologist, Geneticist, Dentist, Pediatrician, Nurse and Social workers.

The 2 participants from CFDF have described the workshop as ‘enriching and impactful’. It added value to the quality of life of individuals diagnosed with speech defects as a result of cleft palate.

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