New Delhi, Sep 17 : 'Smile Train India' on Tuesday announced their collaboration with The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), to ensure early diagnosis and intervention for children with clefts.
"We are extremely happy to collaborate with FOGSI to increase awareness about cleft lip and palate in India. Diagnosis and treatment of cleft at an early stage can lead to improved quality of life for affected children," said Susannah Schaefer, President and CEO of Smile Train.
The collaboration of Smile Train with FOGSI aims to create more awareness and eliminate myths surrounding clefts so that parents of children are well informed and bring forward children with clefts for treatment at an early stage.
"This collaboration will mark the launch of a very critical program. Since gynaecologists are the first point of contact for mothers, they play a critical role in identifying foetal anomalies," said Dr Nandita Palshetkar, President of FOGSI.
"Developing a protocol for early diagnosis and intervention for cleft lip and palate will help drive better surgical outcomes and quality of life for cleft affected children," Dr Nandita said.
The partnership will also work together to create and share Standard Medical Protocol for cleft lip and palate accessible by the entire Obstetric and Gynaecological community.
Clefts are often untreated due to lack of awareness about the treatment and myths associated with the birth defect.
"Lack of awareness about cleft is a major roadblock in cleft treatment. It is critical to educate the medical fraternity, parents and the community at large to ensure they take early action to improve a child’s quality of life," said Mamta Carroll, Vice President & Regional Director, Asia, Smile Train.
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to support free cleft surgeries and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. In the past 20 years, Smile Train successfully supported 600,000 safe cleft surgeries in India.(UNI)