SOLUTIONS4CCC Responding to COVID

17 September 2020
8:00am – 12:00pm  EST 
12:00 – 16:00 GMT

SOLUTIONS4CCC Responding to COVID

17 September 2020
8:00am – 12:00pm  EST 
/  12:00 – 16:00 GMT

The COVID pandemic is a pressing challenge to delivering Comprehensive Cleft Care (CCC), particularly in resource-constrained contexts.

Join multidisciplinary CCC leaders in Low & Middle-Income Countries (LMIC), their allies and supporters worldwide in an innovative, interactive and solution-focused discussion.  We will  chart a course toward ensuring that every child has access to local, timely cleft care — even amidst this pandemic.

The International NGO sponsors of the Circle of Cleft Professionals (CoCP) are proud to support this first virtual international CCC conference.

About the Virtual Conference

Starting with a dynamic plenary, registrants will then participate in two consecutive interactive roundtables focused upon documenting solutions for CCC during the pandemic. Each dialogue will be shaped by panelists who are actively implementing Comprehensive Cleft Care in a LMIC and moderated by an experienced global CCC leader. A formal document of promising practices and next steps will be created and circulated from each discussion. 

About the Virtual Conference

Starting with a dynamic plenary, registrants will then participate in two consecutive interactive roundtables focused upon documenting solutions for CCC during the pandemic. Each dialogue will be shaped by panelists who are actively implementing Comprehensive Cleft Care in a LMIC and moderated by an experienced global CCC leader. A formal document of promising practices and next steps will be created and circulated from each discussion. 

Solutions4CCC Advisors

Solutions4CCC Advisors

Dr. Marina Campodonico

Dr. Marina Campodonico trained as a pediatric dentist at the Universidad de Chile and is a member of Fundación Gantz’s multidisciplinary CCC team. She is in-demand as a conference presenter and teacher and is co-author of a chapter in the book: Tratamiento interdisciplinario de las fisuras labio palatinas (Dr. Aljaro et. al. 2008).  Dr. Campodonico is a long-term partner in Transforming Faces’ capacity building work and a member of Smile Train’s South American Medical Advisory Council.

Dr. Mekonen Eshete

Dr. Mekonen Eshete is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Addis Ababa University School of Medicine. He serves as the leader of the Yekatit 12 Hospital and Medical College cleft lip and palate unit, Ethiopia’s only full comprehensive cleft care centre. His expertise is in clinical care, research and training. Dr. Mekonen is a long-time partner of Smile Train and Transforming Faces.

Dr. George Galiwango

Dr. George William Galiwango is the head of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department at CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital in Entebbe, Uganda. He completed his Higher Surgical Speciality Training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with COSECSA and serves as a mentor and clinical educator to budding plastic surgeons across Uganda. For over 10 years, Dr. Galiwango has been a Smile Train partner cleft surgeon and senior leader within CoRSU’s Comprehensive Cleft Care team.

Dr. Felicity Mehendale

Felicity Vidya Mehendale is a Plastic, Reconstructive & Cleft Surgeon and leads the Global Cleft Research Programme, University of Edinburgh. She previously led the East of Scotland Cleft Service. She trained as a doctor and as a general surgeon in Mumbai, India followed by plastic surgery and cleft fellowships in the UK. She is Chair of Cleft 2022 and President of the International Confederation of Cleft Lip & Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies (ICCPCA). Her research includes applications of artificial intelligence (AI) to cleft outcomes, cleft epidemiology, perioperative and neonatal care protocols and equity of access to cleft care globally.

Prof. Roopa Nagarajan

Prof. Roopa Nagarajan is a Professor and Chairperson at the Dept. of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences & Academic Officer, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, India. She served as the Organizing Secretary of the 13th International Cleft Congress in Chennai, 2017 and is co-author of a book chapter entitled Cleft Palate Speech in the Majority World.  She is a longtime leader in both Smile Train and Transforming Faces’ CCC movements.

Dr. Debbie Sell

Debbie Sell is a Cleft Specialist Speech and Language Therapist & Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Outcomes and Experience Research in Children’s Health, Illness and Disability (ORCHID) at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK. She co-edited a book on Cleft Care in the Developing World, was a founder of a speech and language therapy training course in Sri Lanka and is a member of CLEFT – Bridging the Gap charity’s Research Steering Group. She is a founder and co-director of Speech@Home.

Applications are Now Closed

Applications are Now Closed

The conference is now fully subscribed with 150 cleft professionals representing over 30 countries.  If you applied before the deadline and have not received notification of your application status, please email info@cleftcircle.org   

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