On a day when many of us see people around the world celebrating New Years on TV, I thought it appropriate to consider how cleft lip care resources vary around the world.
There are many countries in the world where patients with cleft lip and palate cannot get access to specialized cleft repair. Flying surgeons and other types of cleft medical missions play an important role in providing surgical care to the areas of the world with limited resources.
In general, countries with cleft repair resources correspond to the richest GDP per capita countries. These are noted in dark red on the map below. Global Finance Magazine ).
The table below ranks many of the countries of the world into four groups.
Cleft lip resources around the world.