Strategies for achieving long-term effective outcome in cleft missions: The noordhoff craniofacial foundation and Chang Gung memorial hospital

Raymond C.W. Goh, Rebecca Wang, Philip K.T. Chen, Lun Jou Lo, Yu Ray Chen

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Abstract

The Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital have partnered to deliver cleft programs to developing nations still in need of adequate cleft care. The lessons learnt through the development of the Chang Gung Cleft and Craniofacial Center from humble beginnings to its current international standing have enabled insights into devising key strategies for achieving long-lasting and compounding outcome in cleft missions. Close collaboration with local governing and health authorities, as well as establishment of ongoing support from charitable organizations that share similar philosophies, is an essential component to creating growth and sustainability of a cleft program. Identification of local "seed" physicians and key personnel, and their subsequent training at a major cleft center, is pivotal to the establishment of local cleft centers and cleft foundations that would ultimately empower local health care providers' autonomy in delivering the highest standard of care to patients with cleft in their own country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1657-1660
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Volume20
Issue number8 SUPPL. 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 9 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
  • Cleft missions
  • Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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