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 and other treatments at hospitals and on surgical missions throughout the country. You can find the current schedule in our Downloads section, or arrange treatment with us with a simple phone call. In 2019, our Bangladeshi surgeons performed 1870 operations.

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 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.

So far, four surgeons are part of the surgical team of Cleft Bangladesh:



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


Covid situation

Every three minutes, a cleft child is born somewhere in the world. As a result of the pandemic, many cleft children could not be treated in 2020. The need is particularly great now and COVID-19 continues to complicate the working conditions. Thanks to our local surgeons on site, who did everything in their power to continue helping, we were still able to make many surgeries possible last year. Our goal for 2021 is to finance 6,500 operations for cleft children in all Cleft Group countries combined.