Closing the gap in cleft care
Transforming Faces provides free, local, and ongoing multi-disciplinary cleft care for children and adults in developing countries.
  • What is a Cleft Lip and Palate?


    Cleft lip and palate is one of the most common birth anomalies in the world. 

    A cleft occurs when the parts which make up the lip and palate fail to fuse properly. 

    It can affect a child’s appearance, speech, teeth, eating, hearing and ability to develop socially. 

    Cleft lip and palate can be successfully treated using a comprehensive team approach, but in developing nations, this approach is often lacking. 

    Find out how we close the gap in cleft care.




  • Latest News

    • Meet Rachaneekorn

      Rachaneekorn attends the Thai speech camps with her grandmother, Ms. Saengda, who makes snacks and herbal drinks for sale in the Mar Jan District.

    • Meet Luciano

      Born with a unilateral complete cleft (on the left side), Luciano Avila underwent several surgeries. He is 8 now and visits our Argentinean partner clinic.

    • Thai Speech camps: Update

      In 2013, Speech Camps continued to provide decentralized speech therapy for children and adults affected by cleft in the rural regions of Thailand and Laos.

    • Birth Registry in Thailand Update: Tawanchai Registers 130 patients

      TF supported Tawanchai Foundation’s initiative to implement cleft lip and palate registration in 75 hospitals.