A large number of newborn babies with oral clefts are found in developing countries with high birth rates (e.g. China, India, Indonesia, Africa, South America, South East Asia), where there are limited resources for dealing with the problem. It is estimated that 250,000 babies are born worldwide with cleft lip and palate deformities.
230,000 of these occur in the developing or underdeveloped world. Further, there is a huge reservoir of unoperated clefts in these areas of the world. The unequal distribution of expertise and resources is a global dilemma. Countries with rich resources have fewer cleft patients, while countries with minimum resources are inundated with more cleft patients than they can handle. Therein lies the challenge of matching the resources/expertise with the CLP population in the world.