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A congenital split in the upper lip on one or both sides of the centre, often associated with a cleft palate.
A condition where the baby’s upper lip and roof of the mouth remains open during development. CausesIt is a birth defect that occurs when the tissues that form the lip and the palate fail to fuse during pregnancy (when the embryo is developing). The exact cause of cleft palate is not known but genetic and environmental factors may be responsible; family history plays a roleMother’s activities during pregnancy that increase the risk of developing cleft palate include – Alcohol consumption – Cigarette smoking– Insufficient consumption of folic acid and prenatal vitaminsBeing obese or having diabetes during pregnancy may also increase risk
The thyroid, or thyroid gland, is an endocrine gland in the neck consisting of two connected lobes. The lower two thirds of the lobes are connected by a thin band of tissue called the thyroid isthmus. The thyroid is located at the front of the neck, below the Adam’s apple.
A hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall
Obstetric fistula is a medical condition in which a hole develops in the birth canal as a result of childbirth or rape. This can be between the vagina and rectum, ureter, or bladder. It can result in incontinence of urine or faces. Complications may include depression, infertility, and social isolation.
WHO estimates that 50,000 -100,000 women develop obstetric fistula every year; and that there are currently 2 million women living with the condition, mainly in Asia and Sub Saharan Africa.