Kemri partners with global firm to aid cleft surgeries
The Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) has entered into a multi-million shillings partnership with a global charitable organisation supporting corrective surgeries for cleft deformities.
Partnership between Kemri and Smile Train will see the institutions collaborate on research and capacity building on cleft deformities and care.
Cleft is a common but under reported facial birth difference in which patients experience difficulty in breathing, eating and speaking.
Causes of cleft remain unknown but risk factors include environmental factors, diet of the mother during pregnancy as well as genetics.
Smile Train Programme Director for East Africa Jane Muturi upheld the need for innovations among professionals and collaborations among the various fields.
Speaking during the conclusion of a two-week training on Cleft Research Methodology jointly facilitated by the Kemri Graduate School of Health Sciences and Smile Train, she rooted for advocacy on inclusion of cleft care programmes in national health policies.