Welcome to Cleft Bangladesh!

Cleft Bangladesh – Who we are

Cleft Bangladesh was initiated in November 2018. The goal of Cleft Bangladesh is to provide comprehensive treatment to all those afflicted by cleft in Bangladesh. Cleft Bangladesh was initiated by the German NGO Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe (DCKH), Operation Cleft Australia (OCA), and the Syed Nuruddin Ahmed Development Foundation (SNADF). DCKH monitors and controls all administrative matters and coordinates growth. You can find out more about the partner organizations here.

Local partners and representatives

Cleft Bangladesh is coordinated by the DCKH country manager Mr. Safowan Bakee under the supervision of DCKH’s International Programmes Advisor Dr Dushyant Prasad, Bengaluru/India. Mr. Bakee is responsible for the development of the project. The local partner SNADF administers the project on the spot, settling financial transactions and maintaining governmental queries or requirements on behalf of the cooperation.

Until August 2019 Mr. Moinul Islam will coordinate the implementation of the BMZ programme, as soon as the programme is approved by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.   
So far, four surgeons are part of the surgical team of Cleft Bangladesh:



  • Professor Dr. Syed Shamsuddin Ahmed
  • Professor Dr. Sayeed Ahmed Siddiky
  • Associate Prof. Dr. Muhammad Quamruzzaman
  • Associate Prof. Dr. Abhi Kumar Chakraborty


Latest Events

Muslims of Bangladesh celebrate Ramadan


Some 90% of the people of Bangladesh are Muslims. From May 5th until June 4th this year Muslims celebrate Ramadan with fasting, prayer, and charitable deeds. As a result, many other activities go on break. This is also true for Cleft Bangladesh's activities, as parents fast and are less able to travel to our locations. Cleft Bangladesh surgeon Dr. Muhammad Quamruzzaman nevertheless performed Cleft surgeries at a camp in Bogra on May 17th and 18th.



Cleft Bangladesh thanks Shakib Al Hasan


Cleft Bangladesh is grateful to Bangladesh Cricket captain Shakib Al Hasan, seen here with Dr. Ulrike Lamlé of Deutsche Cleft and Cleft Bangladesh surgeons Dr. Muhammad Quamruzzaman and Dr. Ziaul Haque, for his support as a goodwill ambassador.



Second meeting with Cleft Bangladesh Surgeons


In March 2019, Maike Herrmann of Deutsche Cleft met with the Cleft Bangladesh local partner surgeons and project coordinators to discuss the further course of action for development of the Cleft Bangladesh project and last details for the impending launch of the project website.