Help for cleft children

Help for cleft children

High standards of quality
We ensure a high medical standard of quality in the surgery and treatment of the little patients in our projects. By means of individual advanced training programmes which are offered by very experienced physicians we can provide the surgeons with further training on operations of the various types of clefts. Our teams of German physicians, who undertake this training on a voluntary basis, and our Indian training partners have profound medical knowledge and years of practical experience.

Wherever possible we train local anaesthesiologists and therapists as well as social workers and nursing staff with the highest degree of care. Our objective is to establish interdisciplinary treatment centres in all of the projects. Only the interaction between the high medical level of the surgical procedures and the complex aftercare treatment which include orthodontics, ENT-treatment and speech therapy can guarantee a sustainable, effective success of the treatment and a new start in life for the cleft children and their families.

In the project countries we work together with the local supporting organisations, some of which were co-initiated by us. We see our mission as providing a starting aid to enable our partners to quickly assume control over all the tasks themselves. With the training of the local physicians and the setting up of helping structures in the countries we manage to keep the costs of the operations low while at the same time maintaining the highest medical standards.

The surgery which is performed on the cleft children is always only remunerated after the service has been rendered: all treatments are documented by the physicians and recorded in our patient database. This ensures that only the surgery that has actually been performed will be paid for. The costs of an operation - which amount to around 200 euros - also cover informing and educating the parents, transport to the hospital, the necessary initial examinations, laboratory work and medication, the surgical procedure itself and the anaesthesia as well as the inpatient stay.

Through our long-term cooperation with specialist physicians from all parts of the world the German Cleft Children’s Aid Society has managed to establish an international medical community which ensures the transfer of knowledge and quality management within all of the projects. The organising of international congresses for the comprehensive treatment of cleft lips and palates belongs to the basics of our work, as does the evaluation of the surgery that was performed.