Members of board visiting cleft team

Dr Omid and dr Mehmarzade (pediatric surgeons - cleft team Esfahan)
Mrs Moddarressi (founder of the Mother & Child Hospital)
Dr Alam (pediatric surgeon - Miami)
Dr Foroutan (pediatric surgeon – Shiraz)
Financial director and administrator of the Mother & Child Hospital

The Nadjmi Foundation was founded in September 2015. This was a result of 15 years search to find a humane and efficient way to deal with the suffering that children with cleft deformity have to go through. Not forgetting the tremendous burden on the life of their parents and their family. From the very beginning I realized that just operating a part of their deformity wouldn’t ease the pain of their social handicap.

Children with cleft deformity may have hearing, speech, and feeding problems beside facial growth disturbances and last but not least a scarred soul that reflects their facial disfiguration.

All these can be avoided, if the care is focused in a well-structured, dedicated and professional center. Cleft care is not only about the surgical part but needs a dedicated and passionate team of professionals that not only work together to help the child with his/her facial disfiguration but also give support and teach parents to deal with this unwanted situation.

The main goal of any charity mission must be the creation of incentives and possibilities to involve local professionals to support the cause. Finally after 15 years of charity work in Africa, India and south East Asia, I have found the possibility to create a center of Excellence in Shiraz in the south of Iran. The idea is to establish a model center with 3 goals. 

  1. The total cleft care with a multidisciplinary approach.
  2. Training the local surgeons. 
  3. Involvement of local university students in research projects.

The ultimate goal is to establish such a center anywhere in the world where the need is high.