What is ICPF?
The International Cleft lip and Palate Foundation is a multi disciplinary humanitarian foundation devoted to cleft lip and palate patients. It was established on October 23 1997, at KYOTO with more than twenty countries participating.
What are the goals of ICPF?
- To advance the care for cleft lip and palate patients, worldwide.
- To strengthen care activity in cleft lip and palate treatment through volunteer activity, charity missions and fund raising.
- To hold a multi -disciplinary international congress in order to facilitate mutual understanding.
- To establish a network system of information exchange, regardless of fields and organization.
Why was ICPF established?
No such organization currently exists.
CLP is the most common congenital anomaly in humans and therefore merits special and particular attention for voluntary activity.
A multi-disciplinary foundation will permit membership to surgeons, orthodontists, speech patholgists, geneticist, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, prosthodontists,and most importantly patients and family members of patients. This kind of very broad membership base is not possible in a professional specialty association.
What is the structure of ICPF?
The foundation has the Board of Trustees, which is an administration body,
consisting of President, Prof. Hans-Henning Horch, who was responsible for
organizing and executing the congress in the year (Sep. 2002 - Jun. 2004),
Prof. David Precious from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada,
Secretary-Tresurer, Prof. Nagato Natsume, Director of the Japanese Cleft
Palate Foundation. Other Trustees and/or Executive Board Members include:
Dr. Kenneth E. Salyer, Dr. Marie Tolarova, Dr. Amado Ruiz-Razura, Dr. Diego F. Wyszynski, Dr. William Magee, Prof. Emeritus Byong-II Min, Tet Soeparwadi and other distinctive experts.
It is envisioned that eventually each country would establish a non-governmental organization and/or a complimentary National Cleft Palate Foundation, which will form the basis for a more formalized structure in future. For now though, the first priority is to promote membership.