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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 2

From president's desk: Special issue for cleft congress 2017


President, Interntional Cleft Congress 2017, Chennai, India

Date of Web Publication21-Nov-2017

Correspondence Address:
Jyotsna Murthy
Department of Plastic Surgery, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jclpca.jclpca_90_17

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Murthy J. From president's desk: Special issue for cleft congress 2017. J Cleft Lip Palate Craniofac Anomal 2017;4, Suppl S1:2

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Murthy J. From president's desk: Special issue for cleft congress 2017. J Cleft Lip Palate Craniofac Anomal [serial online] 2017 [cited 2017 Dec 15];4, Suppl S1:2. Available from: http://www.jclpca.org/text.asp?2017/4/3/2/218901

Namaskaram,

The International Confederation of Cleft Lip and Palate and related craniofacial anomalies was established in 1969 with the objective of promoting and facilitating sharing of experiences, knowledge to improve the care in this field. This platform also used to bring various specialties working in this field together on equal platform.

The confederation is a body of various national and regional associations related to the field of cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies. In the absence of any national association, individual can become a member directly of this confederation. The confederation convenes International Cleft Congress every 4 years in different countries and regions after successful bidding procedure. Each country weaves its own flavor, touch, and its aspirations while organizing these 4 yearly congress. India has proudly won its place to hold this congress in 2017. The Indian Society of Cleft Lip, Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies held combined meeting of 13th International Cleft Congress and 16th Annual Meeting of ISCLP and CA at beautiful Radisson Blue Temple Bay Resort, located at world heritage town, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, from 8th to 11th February. The meeting was attended by more than 1000 delegates from over 70 countries. We had 276 Indian delegates showing their strength of dedicated professional for cleft and craniofacial deformities which are increasing gradually.

In India and many other developing countries, having a large number of patients, with limited resources, many innovations happen but does not draw the attention of world literature for various reasons. And therefore, we successfully ensure that delegates across the world, especially from developing world will get platform to showcase their work ensuring adequate time allocated and other facilities. In addition, a large number of cleft surgeries are being supported by various nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and charitable organizations who have had many successes and issues for discussions. We invited NGOs and charitable organizations to participate in the conference, and they responded whole heartedly. We organized special sessions to provide them platform to discuss various issues, improve their reach to remote areas, and find areas of cooperation with other organizations to augment their effort and activities. Of course, India being a land of hospitality, color, and cuisine, we ensured a pleasant experience for all our delegates of Indian hospitality.

The scientific team has put forward a wonderful program, and you will hear from the Chair of Scientific Committee in the next page. This special issue of Cleft 2017 was commissioned to mark the memory of this event under the leadership of our editor Prof. Karoon Agrawal who relentlessly pursued that we should commemorate this special event by publishing the special issue of Journal of Cleft Lip Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies.

These were proud moments for every Indian professional working in this field.




 

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