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Help for cleft children - our principles

High standards of quality

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

High standards of quality

Interdisciplinary

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 for children with cleft lip and palate in all of the projects. Only the interaction between the high medical standards 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.

Interdisciplinary

Sustainable

Our work is guided by the principle of capacity building - helping others to help themselves. 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. By training local doctors and setting up aid structures in the respective countries we can manage to keep the costs of the operations low while at the same time maintaining the highest medical standards.

Sustainable

Tangibility

Our charitable organisation provides a modern form of development aid which does not distribute alms or create dependencies, but advances the medical development in the project countries. It also only pays for actually verifiable services. We only remunerate the surgeons with the costs of the operation when the procedure has actually happened, is recorded with photographs in our patient database and these images have been checked by us. The costs of an operation - which currently run at around 250 euro - cover informing and educating the parents, transport to the hospital, the necessary initial examinations, laboratory work and medication, the surgical procedure itself and the anaesthetics as well as the inpatient stay.

Tangibility

International

Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe has managed to establish an international medical community which ensures the transfer of knowledge and quality management within all of the projects through our long-term cooperation with specialist doctors from all over of the world. 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. We currently operate on cleft children in twelve project countries and work with more than 150 doctors, therapists, nurses and social workers.

International

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