SNAD Foundation Bangladesh

Cleft Project


SNADF Cleft Project: Comprehensive Cleft treatment, Surgical Camp and Community Awareness

Every years 5500-6000 children born with clefts in Bangladesh. It occurs about 1 in 700 live birth. This children are socially neglected and disadvantaged. Government doesn’t regard this as a medical hazards. Still we have more than 150000 backlogged cleft patient. Main cities are almost saturated. However, majority cleft patients are living in remote and rural area of Bangladesh and still out of treatment service. The main causes of cleft in Bangladesh is to pregnant mother’s malnutrition and also genetic impact. In Bangladesh, the economic impact in GDP is USD 250 m/year due to cleft born babies.


Untreated cleft problems-both physical and psychological:
  • Poor speech
  • Unpaired hearing
  • Regurgitation of food and liquids through the nose
  • Frequent upper respiratory tract infection
  • Depression, low self- esteem
  • Dental and orthodontic problems
  • A person with an untreated cleft has an expected life span that’s statistically 14 years less than the national average.


Cleft care timeline:
  • Repair of lip & anterior palate: 3-6 months
  • Repair of plate: 9-12 months
  • Revision of lip repair: 4-6 years
  • Alveolar bone graft: 6-10 years
  • Orthodontics surgery: 12-18 year


Every child born with a cleft in Bangladesh should have the opportunity to live full and productive life.


SNAD Foundation Bangladesh started providing treatment for craniofacial anomalies through reconstructive surgery Bangladesh since 2010 and have an achievement over 3300 successful surgeries through its partner and outreach hospitals.

Poverty makes it impossible for most of the cleft patients to get any surgical help. Their deformed facial structure keeps them from attending schools or finding a job. These patients are unfortunately, always neglected; especially girls. When a baby is born with cleft, the mother is blamed as being cursed or of having done something wrong while pregnant to cause her baby’s deformity. Surgery is very expensive; therefore, it’s not an option for poor families. Most parents are unaware that the deformity is even treatable. Most of these unfortunate children live their lives in shame – unable to eat properly, talk, go to school and are taunted by many. Many children born with cleft are abandoned at birth by their parents. Most parents are not aware of what should be done when their children are born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and palate. These children alienate themselves from society and may ultimately become social burdens. A simple reconstructive surgery can change the life of a child forever.

SNADF through its expert team of plastic surgeons provide free surgeries to children with birth defects like cleft lips and palates. The project focuses on providing free treatment of cleft children and also Child Health related awareness programs and training to doctors and medical professionals for safe surgical procedures.

In Bangladesh birth defect like craniofacial anomalies are most often a result of malnutrition of the mother while she is pregnant. Thus to provide proper information and aware future generation as well as family and community SNADF conducts health education sessions at different Union Health Centres in different implementation areas. In additional SNADF also conducts consultation sessions in the district level with government, non-government, civil society representatives, journalist and other stakeholders on the issues of cleft lip and palate. Towards mass awareness, sensitization and appropriate information dissemination. SNADF produces and distributes poster, leaflet and brochure on the issues of cleft lip/palate and craniofacial treatment.


Our experienced medical team comprised of reconstructive and plastic surgery specialists: 

Project Director & Chief Surgeon: Professor Dr. Syed Shamsuddin Ahmed, (Plastic Surgeon) MBBS, DTM, PhD (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery); Professor & Head Burn & Plastic Surgery Unit, Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Dhaka; Former Director of Micro-Surgical Research and Faculiy Member Yale University & Former Fellow Christine M. Kleinert Institute of Hand & Micro Surgery, Louisville, USA.

Co-Surgeons: Associate Prof Dr. Md. Ashrafuzzaman and Associate Prof. Dr. Md. Rezaul Karim

Anesthetist: Associate Prof. Dr. Taifur Rahim and  Asst. Prof. Dr. Moloy Kumar Das


SNADF have provided treatment free of cost to more than 3000 children (up to March 2017) with birth defects like cleft lip and palate. Together we are creating a future where all the children have a chance to SMILE and SUCCEED!

Free Cleft Camp Sylhet

ঠোঁট কাটা তালু কাটা শিশুদের বিনামূল্যে চিকিৎসা ও অপারেশন ০১ নভেম্বর ২০১৯ ইবনে সিনা হাসপাতাল সিলেট লিমিটেড বিস্তারিত যানতে call: ০২ ৯৮৪৯২২২ / ০১৮১৯ ৫৩২৫০৮. বিনামূল্যে অপারেশন এর জন্যে রেজিস্ট্রেশন করা বাধ্যতামূলক।

  • Ibn Sina Hospital Sylhet Limited
  • 09:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.

  • November 1, 2019

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Free Cleft Camp 22 March 2019 Sylhet

ঠোঁট কাটা তালু কাটা শিশুদের বিনামূল্যে চিকিৎসা ও অপারেশন: ইবনে সিনা হাসপাতাল সিলেট লিমিটেড, ২২ মার্চ ২০১৯ বিস্তারিত তথ্যের জন্যে যোগাযোগ : ০২ ৯৮৪৯২২২ / ০১৮১৯ ৫৩২৫০৮ বিনামূল্যে অপারেশন এর জন্যে রেজিস্ট্রেশন করা বাধ্যতামূলক।

  • Ibn Sina Hospital Sylhet Limited
  • 08:00 A.M. - 06:00 P.M.

  • March 22, 2019

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Cleft Camp 30 Jan 2019 Dhaka

ঠোঁট ও তালু কাটা ফ্রি চিকিৎসা সেবা: ৩০ জানুয়ারী ২০১৯ @ ডেল্টা হেলথ কেয়ার রামপুরা, ঢাকা – মানবতার কল্যাণে দেশের খ্যাতনামা প্লাস্টিক সার্জন বিশেষজ্ঞ চিকিৎসকের নেতৃত্বে বিনামূল্যে ক্যাম্প এস এন এ ডি ফাউনডেশন (SNAD Foundation) ও স্মাইল ট্রেন (Smile Train) এর যৌথ উদ্যোগে অনুষ্ঠিত / পরিচালনা করা হয়। আপনার পরিচিত কেউ থাকলে যোগাযোগ করতে পারেন […]

  • Delta Healthcare Rampura Limited
  • 09:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.

  • January 30, 2019

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Cleft Camp Dhaka

ঠোঁট কাটা তালু কাটা শিশুদের বিনামূল্যে চিকিৎসা ও অপারেশন ৩০ জুলাই ২০১৮ ডেল্টা হেলথ কেয়ার রামপুরা লিমিটেড, ঢাকা বিস্তারিত যানতে call: ০২ ৯৮৪৯২২২ / ০১৮১৯ ৫৩২৫০৮। বিনামূল্যে অপারেশন এর জন্যে রেজিস্ট্রেশন করা বাধ্যতামূলক।

  • July 30, 2018

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Cleft Camp Faridpur 24 – 25 July 2018

ঠোঁট কাটা তালু কাটা শিশুদের বিনামূল্যে চিকিৎসা ও অপারেশন ২৪ – ২৫ জুলাই ২০১৮ ইসলামী ব্যাঙ্ক হাসপাতাল ফরিদপুর লিমিটেড বিস্তারিত যানতে call: ০২ ৯৮৪৯২২২ / ০১৮১৯ ৫৩২৫০৮
বিনামূল্যে অপারেশন এর জন্যে রেজিস্ট্রেশন করা বাধ্যতামূলক।

  • Islami Bank Hospital Faridpur Ltd
  • July 24, 2018

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