ReSurge International is increasingly working to provide an integrated continuum of care
for cleft patients through its Surgical Outreach Programs around the world.
Many children who have cleft palate repairs are evaluated by a multi-disciplinary
panel that, at the very least, includes professionals in the fields of speech,
orthodontics and pediatric dentistry.
As part of Nepal’s successful program, ReSurge’s surgical outreach directors,
Drs. Nakarmi and Rai, and their team of interdisciplinary caregivers travel great lengths to
remote villages in this mountainous country plagued by poverty. They hold
week-long “speech camps” around the country, where they are able to deliver
follow-up care consisting of speech therapy, dental hygiene, counseling and
much more to dozens of children and their families at a time. Therapists work
with children individually and in groups. Thousands of children have benefited
from the program—and many have already “graduated” with successfully integrated