S Murray & Co was proud to have been a participant, supporter and exhibitor at the 14th International Congress of Cleft Lip, Palate and Associated Craniofacial Anomalies, held at the EICC, Edinburgh, Scotland from 11th-15th July 2022.
With delegates attending from North, South and Central America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australasia, the event provided a truly international opportunity to share, learn, experience and help improve the outcomes for so many across the world.
Amongst those attending, S Murray were privileged to have met some of the surgeons from countries including Sri Lanka, Uganda, Bangladesh and Iraq, who were amongst the first to have used the Sommerlad Mouth Set and Gags. Through the long-standing relationship with British-based charity, CLEFT, it was particularly inspiring to have met some of those representing some of the international projects the charity has been working with through the years, notably:
Sheikh Hasina Institute for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Bangladesh
A sustainable, multi disciplinary centre to treat children with cleft lip and palate, the Institute was the recipient of two S Murray specialist cleft instrument sets, hand-delivered by CLEFT charity Chairman, Mr Brian Sommerlad, in February 2022.
Centre for Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery In Sulaimania, Iraq.
The Centre, based in the Kurdish region of Iraq, has been working with CLEFT to help develop multidisciplinary care for children born with cleft lip and palate and associated conditions for a number of years.
Despite being one of the poorest areas of Egypt, Sohar is becoming one of the best centres for treating clefts in the country thanks in large part to the multidisciplinary workshops provided by CLEFT, bringing together surgeons, nurses, speech therapists and orthodontists in a truly collaborative and long-lasting approach.
As Cleft 2022 drew to a close, the main headlines resounding from the Congress were ones of collaboration and resilience, highlighting the need for continued multidisciplinary training, support and education at the local level. With a closing message full of inspiration and hope in the face of the challenges which lay ahead, S Murray & Co was proud to have been associated with the Congress and to offer what support it can to this incredible cause for the future.
For more information on the Congress, CLEFT and some of the international projects they have been working on, please follow the links below: