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At its foundation in 2009, ECO set out the following areas for priority work:

1) Country Project Management – Bulgaria (full report available on request)

PROGRESS:

  • 3005 clinic appointments funded (to end 2018)
  • 265 children received speech therapy (to end 2018)
  • 30 cases per year receiving orthodontic treatment
  • National register established and fully populated
  • National orthodontic network in place with 15 trained orthodontists
  • National speech network in place with 37 trained speech therapists
  • National nurse network in place with 55 trained nurses

2) Educational /Training/Conferences

PROGRESS:

  • Nursing, early care, psychosocial training in Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain – 600 health professionals trained directly by ECO
  • Since 2014, partnering in EU projects, developing training programmes with partners in 15 countries – over 2000 people trained during course developments in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey and the UK.
  • Co-hosting major conferences in Bulgaria 2014 and Romania 2017

3) Research Co-ordination & Audit

PROGRESS:

  • Gateway – online register and information resource for families and health professionals
  • Sponsoring and being pivotal in producing Standards of early cleft care through European Commission for Standardisation (go to download page)

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