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REPRODUCED FROM NEWSPOINT - online newsletter of University of Malta

A conference of the ERASMUS+ project entitled SCR4Cleft, has taken place on the 22nd July 2022 at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Health Sciences. This was organised by the Maltese partners, Prof Helen Grech from the Department of Communication TherapyFaculty of Health Sciences, and Prof Jean Calleja-Agius from the Department of AnatomyFaculty of Medicine and Surgery.


More than 30 participants attended this meeting, all hailing from different disciplines and specialities, including specialists in obstetrics, anatomy, speech therapy, psychology, dentists, orthodontists, plastic and paediatric surgeons in order to enhance the research related to cleft lip and palate.


The aim of this ERASMUS+ project, which comes to an end this year, has been to develop a pedagogical handbook and a training module for parents and for healthcare professionals involved in the care of children with cleft lip. During this conference, the modules which were especially stressed upon, were those on instilling resilience in children and parents/carers and the acquisition of speech and communication skills.The local data on services offered to children with cleft lip and/or palate was also outlined by Prof Helen Grech.


Approximately 900,000 children, adults and their families are affected by these specific types of congential anomalies across Europe. However, the provision of care for children with cleft lip and/or palate, and their families, varies markedly across Europe, especially in the marginalized groups. Parental need for information and advice about how to identify early warning signs of challenges and address the difficulties, is acute.


For further information on the ERASMUS+ project SCR4Cleft, please contact Prof Helen GrechProf Jean Calleja-Agius or visit the project website.

Reference number: 2019-1-NL01-KA202-060281

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