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

    • Lives Transformed: Meet Xiomara

      Xiomara Suárez’s bright, happy smile could light up any room. But, it hasn’t been an easy road for her or her family. Read their story.

    • 2015 Summer Newsletter Now Available!

      Download a copy of our summer newsletter for highlights from our projects, patients, supporters and events.

    • Speech Therapy Training in Ireland

      In May 2015, TF and Operation Smile Ireland co-funded a speech therapy exchange program between professionals from Ireland and Ethiopia.

    • Meet Muoy from Myanmar

      Meet Muoy, a baby girl whose family travels across the border into Thailand to access care for her cleft palate.