Welcome to Cleft Bangladesh!

What is Cleft Bangladesh?

Cleft Bangladesh is a cooperation of international and Bangladeshi NGOs and surgeons initiated in November 2018. Our goal is to provide free comprehensive treatment to all Bangladeshis with cleft lip and palate, a common birth defect. We perform surgeries at hospitals and on surgical missions throughout the country, with the goal to eventually build up an interdisciplinary comprehensive cleft care infrastructure. You can arrange treatment with us with a simple phone call.

In 2023, our six Bangladeshi surgeons provided 1,995 operations to cleft children in need in Bangladesh.

Cleft Bangladesh – Who we are

The Cleft Bangladesh partners are the German Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe (DCKH), the Australian Operation Cleft Australia (OCA), and the Bangladeshi 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. 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.

Currently, six surgeons and one trainee are part of the surgical team of Cleft Bangladesh:

  • Professor Dr. Muhammad Quamruzzaman
  • Dr Ziaul Haque Al Masum
  • Professor Dr. Sayeed Ahmed Siddiky
  • Associate Prof. Dr. Abhi Kumar Chakraborty
  • Dr Mohammad Mazharul Haque (Dr. Imran)​
  • Dr Masfiquer Rahman
  • Dr Shantona (our trainee)