Starting out from Peru we expanded our involvement to include Bolivia in 2010. Already during the first year of the project the German Cleft Children’s Aid Society enabled some 65 operations. 2012 this number grew to more than 160. In order to reach families in the remote areas of Bolivia the team of our partnerorganisation "Cleft Bolivia Amar y Sanar" (with Dr. Mario Villalba) uses placards to inform the population about when and where free surgery for the children of impoverished families will be undertaken. With our support the very experienced Bolivian surgeon Dr. Mario Villalba is able to perform surgery on cleft children all the year round in the hospital of Tarija, and to additionally carry out surgery campaigns in provincial hospitals such as the treatment of children from the jungle villages in the region of Trinidad.

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In Peru and Bolivia the treatment of children with cleft lips and palates is especially difficult on account of the terrain. Many villages lie in the remote mountainous areas in altitudes of up to 4,000 metres. Because of the almost impassable terrain and the great distances the people are often cut off from the nearest medical station or doctor or even any basic medical care at all. At the same time the numbers of facial deformations are significantly higher due to the climate of the high-altitude regions. The specific purpose of our projects is to bring the aid to the places where it is needed most: to the cleft children in the remote villages who otherwise would never have the chance of receiving an operation without us. Join us in our help and enable the necessary surgery for the cleft children in Bolivia.