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COST Cleft Serbia

(EN) COST Action – Equality in Cleft Care

ECO is on the Management Committee of the COST Action Appearance Matters. Until recently, societal interest in ‘looks’ has been considered largely benign, however, debilitating levels of appearance dissatisfaction are now normative in resource-rich nations, with extensive and damaging...

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ECO Country Projects

ECO works with identified local cleft teams and helps put in place referral networks to ensure that every baby born with a cleft, and their family, receives timely support and treatment by a specialist team that includes, in addition...

Surgeon Prof Youri Anastassov, with children from the cleft clinic in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Our longest-running partnership has been with the cleft team in Plovdiv, Bulgaria where we have been working to reduce the number of babies born with clefts being sent to orphanages. A survey we conducted for UNICEF in 2009 showed...

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Romania

In Romania ECO is pleased to report the continuing activities of RomaniaCleft, especially in developing dialogue with other countries on all aspects of cleft care. RomaniaCleft, set up in 2012 two years ago as Romania’s first national multidisciplinary cleft...

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Spain

Following an information meeting with the newly-established federation of Spanish patient support groups, we ran a pilot ‘front-line’ nurse/midwife training course in Bilbao in January 2013. The cleft team were keen to support this and have a long history...