International Program

NCF's international cooperation program originated from its fruitful experience in Taiwan.

The Chang Gung Medical team led by Dr. Noordhoff helped Taiwan patients with cleft lip and palate get the best resulting medical treatment through solid clinical experience and technology; NCF promotes psychological and social support programs and public education to help patients integrate into society and to successfully implement the concept of holistic medical care.

With the success of its Taiwan program, NCF hopes to contribute its experience to the international community so that more of the world's craniofacial patients can regain their smiles. With the assistance of Taiwanese businessmen, the NCF international assistance program began in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 1998, and gradually expanded to Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Mongolia, China, and other countries. Since 1998, NCF has conducted more than 80 free clinics in 9 countries, trained more than 180 medical personnel in 23 countries, and collaborated with more than 20 overseas partner teams to establish craniofacial centers and teams based on a philosophy of sustainable development and partnership relationships to allow craniofacial patients to receive holistic medical care.

Core value

Since 1998, NCF has conducted international cooperation programs, sharing Taiwan's cleft lip and palate treatment technology with medical teams in developing countries, helping developing countries to sustainably provide high-quality medical care so that local patients can receive holistic medical care. NCF's international cooperation program has three core values:

  • Team-based approach leads to the best results

NCF is committed to the promotion of the concept of team-based medical care and helping developing countries establish craniofacial centers and teams. Patients with a cleft lip and palate need a complete medical treatment, including surgery, orthodontics, speech therapy, nursing, anesthesia, clinical coordination, social work, etc. Therefore NCF promotes the establishment of craniofacial centers to provide patients with complete medical care.

  • Capacity building

The NCF international cooperation program attaches great importance to building potential. Through bringing international seed doctors to Taiwan for training, holding medical seminars and workshops, publishing cleft lip and palate surgery books and DVDs, etc., we train medical personnel from various countries to obtain the most advanced craniofacial treatment technology to use on patients in their home countries, so that developing countries can treat their own patients with their own doctors.

  • Long-term partnership

NCF embraces the spirit of long-term cooperation, thorough communication with partner teams, grasping the needs of overseas partner teams, and developing long-term and effective cooperation programs through professional evaluation and supervision.