Welcome to Cleft Bangladesh!

What is Cleft Bangladesh?

Cleft Bangladesh is a cooperation of international and Bangladeshi NGOs and surgeons initiated in November 2018. Our goal is to provide free comprehensive treatment to all Bangladeshis afflicted by cleft lip and palate, a common birth defect. To achieve this, we perform surgeries at treatment centers and on surgical missions throughout the country. In the fourth quarter of 2019, our four surgeons performed 517 operations, after 400 in the third quarter. Find our current surgical mission schedule here.

Cleft Bangladesh – Who we are

The Cleft Bangladesh partners are the German Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe (DCKH), the Australian Operation Cleft Australia (OCA), and the Bangladeshi Syed Nuruddin Ahmed Development Foundation (SNADF). DCKH monitors and controls all administrative matters and coordinates growth. You can find out more about the partner organizations here.

Local partners and representatives

Cleft Bangladesh is coordinated by the DCKH country manager Mr. Safowan Bakee under the supervision of DCKH’s International Programmes Advisor Dr Dushyant Prasad, Bengaluru/India. Mr. Bakee is responsible for the development of the project. The local partner SNADF administers the project on the spot, settling financial transactions and maintaining governmental queries or requirements on behalf of the cooperation.

So far, four surgeons are part of the surgical team of Cleft Bangladesh:

  • Professor Dr. Muhammad Quamruzzaman
  • Professor Dr. Syed Shamsuddin Ahmed
  • Professor Dr. Sayeed Ahmed Siddiky
  • Associate Prof. Dr. Abhi Kumar Chakraborty