Earlier this month, the team at our Surgical Outreach Program in Nepal held a successful speech therapy camp for young patients who have receive surgery to repair their cleft lip and/or palate.
The camp was held in the western city of Butwal and ran for one week in total, beginning every day at 8am and continuing until 6pm. Our team of interdisciplinary caregivers travel great lengths to remote villages all around this mountainous country to hold camps, where they are able to deliver follow-up care consisting of speech therapy, dental hygiene and counseling for children and their families.
On day one of the camp in Butwal, each child was assessed individually by speech assistants, under the supervision of a speech therapist. For most cleft patients, surgery is only the beginning. After the operation is finished, patients still often need to work to acquire speech and language skills, which is where our therapists come in.
In total, 56 post-surgical patients were seen at this camp. For many of the children, this was their first camp experience, but more than half of them were returning camp participants.
Take a look below at the great photos from this month's camp in Butwal. Congratulations, Nepal team!