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 The Ghana Cleft Foundation (GCF) in conjunction with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)
       
  and School of Medical Science (SMS-KNUST) will be providing FREE CLEFT SURGERIES to persons with
  cleft lip and palate from 21st - 26th May, 2017 in the Upper West Region.

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Treatment Outreaches for 2014

Ho Regional Hospital from 31st - 4th April 2014

Koforidua Regional Hospital from 29th June - 4th July

Bolgatanga Regional Hospital from 20th - 27th September 2014

A Visit To The Asantehene

The Ghana Cleft Foundation had a great privilege of visiting the Asantehene Otumfuor Osei Tutu II and his royal court on the occasion of the celebration of the “akwasidae” festival.
The visit was aimed at briefing the king and his court about the Ghana Cleft Foundation as well as engender support for the activities the foundation. In attendance were Akyimpenhene, Prof. Peter Donkor, Mrs Naomi Appiah Konadu who are all board members and several other members of the foundation.

The king, his royal court and everybody present received the foundation warmly and were impressed with the work of the Ghana Cleft Foundation and pledged support for the vision of the foundation being “to serve as an advocate for cleft and palate through awareness creation and resource mobilization.

Speeches at the 10th Anniversary

OPENING BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF KATH
10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF KATH CLEFT CLINIC

The Regional Minister,   
President and Members of Board, Ghana Cleft Foundation,
Mayor of Kumasi,
Members of Parliament,
Ashanti Regional Chairmen of NDC, NPP

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Sunyani Smiles

Most efforts of the Ghana Cleft Foundation to date have consisted of providing care to patients with cleft lip and palate at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.  A significant proportion of patients travel long distances across the length and breadth of the country to get to the hospital.  Some of these patients and their families are extremely poor and cannot cope with the financial burden of providing for the treatment of the cleft.  Specialist services for cleft are currently only available in Kumasi and Accra.  Experience advised The Ghana Cleft Foundation to take the treatment of cleft closer to the communities where patients live; to develop capacity for the treatment of cleft lip and palate across the whole country; and to remove the financial barrier to accessing care.  Thus the visit to Sunyani was the very first by the Ghana Cleft Foundation with the view of making free treatment accessible to all.

Prior to the visit preliminary discussions were held with the Medical Director of the Regional Hospital at Sunyani, Dr Daniel Asare, and Dr Emmanuel Kofi Amponsah, a Maxillofacial Surgeon, about arrangements for treatment and follow-up.  Dr Amponsah was to be our liaison who would follow up the operated patients once the team returned to Kumasi. 

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Asenta Properties makes donation

Mr Osei Ahenkro in suit on behalf of his brother Mr Yaw Osei-Wusu Peprah of Asenta Properties has made a donation both in cash and in kind to a baby with cleft lip. The donation was to support her teenage mother to take care of  her before  she is prepared for surgery.

Mr Yaw Osei-Wusu Peprah has made donations on several occasions to the Ghana Cleft Foundation to bring smiles to the faces of  children with cleft lip and palate.

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Wa Outreach 2010

The Ghana Cleft Foundation together with her collaborators beamed rays of smiles on some disadvantaged cleft palate sufferers in Wa and its surrounding communities. Currently cleft palate services are accessible only in Accra and Kumasi and for that matter patients from Wa and its surrounding environs would have to travel to Kumasi to be attended to. Aside from the long distance that has to be travelled, the attendant financial cost of travel is unbearable for the lot. Realizing this the GCF extended its ray of hope to Wa in conjunction with her partners. Before the visit, a preliminary visit to Wa was embarked on by the team leader Prof. peter Donkor to solicit for support of key stakeholders to aid in the planning execution of a successful outreach. Amongst the key stakeholders contacted were The Acting Regional Minister, The Regional Director of Health Services, The Medical Director of the Upper West Regional Hospital etc. Community participation was solicited through radio announcements and posters.

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Breastfeeding Boosts Kids' Brains

Australian researchers found that babies mainly breastfed for at least six months went on to score significantly higher in academic tests at the age of ten, especially boys.

Researchers from the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Perth, the Curtin Health Renovation Research Institute, Centre for Developmental Health, and the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, also in Perth, published their findings online ahead of print in the journal Pediatrics on 20 December.

Co-author Dr Wendy Oddy, an Associate Professor at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, told the media that their study adds to the body of evidence on the benefits of breastfeeding for longer.

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Prenatal Knowledge Of Cleft Lip/Palate Shows Little Advantage Over Birth Discovery

Many expectant parents look forward to routine ultrasounds as their first opportunity to "see" their baby. But the ultrasound can reveal that the fetus has unexpected medical conditions, such as a diagnosis of cleft lip and palate. Despite the emotional distress the diagnosis can bring, it can also offer the opportunity to prepare for the child's future needs. However, a study has found little difference between mothers who were given a prenatal diagnosis of cleft lip and palate and those who discovered the problem at birth.

The authors of the study, which is reported in the September 2010 issue of The Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal, conducted interviews with 235 mothers of children aged 2 to 7 years with orofacial clefts. Of these children, 46% had been identified prenatally with cleft lip or cleft lip and palate. Overall, prenatal diagnosis is made in about 20% to 30% of pregnancies affected by an orofacial cleft.

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