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More than 20 treatment centres

The Indian partner organisation of Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe is the ABMSS (Akhila Bharatha Mahila Sema Samaja) trust, which is based in Bengaluru. It also appears in public as Deutsche Cleft - ABMSS, documenting the close-knit connections with the aid provided from Germany. ABMSS administers and supports the development of the currently more than a dozen treatment centres. The trust is managed by Mr Dushyant Prasad who, together with a team of five colleagues, regularly scouts for operating locations, introduces standards of treatment, develops the work on education and searching for affected children and makes sure that the documentation of the treatments is entered into the Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfes' own patient database. ABMSS has a permit issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs to receive overseas donations and is accountable to it by notification through annual audits. The trust also asks for donations in India itself, a process that is increasingly showing results. About 15% of the operations in India that are financed by us are currently being made possible through Indian donors - a great success!

The managers of our centres

Agra / Uttar Pradesh: Dr Gaurav Gupta

Agra / Uttar Pradesh: Dr. Gaurav Gupta
The children that Dr Gupta operates on are mostly from the rural parts of the densely-populated and predominantly agriculturally structured federal state of Uttar Pradesh. With more than 190 million inhabitants on an area the size of the United Kingdom, Uttar Pradesh, along with Bihar, is among the most densely populated regions in the world. Dr Gupta's wife and parents assist him wherever they can - which enables him to reach the large numbers of operations that he performs each year.

Ahmadabad / Gujarat: Dr Shyam Sheth

Ahmedabad / Gujarat: Dr. Shyam Sheth
Dr Sheth is a passionate surgeon who treats the children in a calm and tender manner and absolves his twelve-hour shifts with a high degree of discipline and personal modesty. He regularly leads his team on trips to the rural areas of Gujarat where he conducts information events for affected families, provides health education and examines the children on site before treating them in the cleft centre. His tasks in the centre also include orthodontic and speech therapy measures.

Bhopal / Madhya Pradesh: Dr. Pramod Sharma

Bhopal / Madyra Pradesh: Dr. Pramod Sharma
The industrial city of Bhopal lies deep in the heart of India and is known to most Europeans since the chemical accident which happened more than twenty years ago. Dr Pramod Sharma chose the hospital where he wants to operate on cleft children for us after some intensive and careful research. He wants to treat the patients comprehensively, including orthodontics and speech therapy. The number of untreated patients in Madhya Pradesh is very high, not least due to the agricultural structure of this large federal state.

Bhubaneswar / Odisha: Dr Sthita Prajna Lenka

The cleft centre Bhubaneswar treats cleft children in Odisha, India's second-poorest federal state. The help is especially aimed at the indigenous population, the "Adivasi", who make up more than a fifth of the 42 million-strong population. They live in the forest areas of this mountainous federal state (up to 1,600 m) and often do not have any access to healthcare facilites. The cleft centre is located in the Sri Sri Borda Hospital in the state capital Bhubaneswar.

Coorg / Karnataka: Dr. Jayanth

Coorg / Karnataka: Dr. Jayanth
Dr Jayanth operates in the Coorg Institute of Dental Sciences. The region lies among coffee plantations and rain forests. The children are from very impoverished families, their parents often working as day labourers in the plantations or rice paddies. The little patients are in the best possible hands with Dr Jayanth, the gentle surgeon manages every time to successfully calm them down before performing the operation. Half of the treatments in Coorg are financed by our Swiss partner organisation, the Schweizer Hilfe für Spaltkinder.

Hyderabad / Telangana: Dr. Vijay Kumar

Hyderabad / Telangana: Dr. Vijay Kumar
Dr Vijay Kumar has been operating on cleft patients in Hyderabad for more than ten years. Since April of 2015 we have started to work together with the experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon. In 2016 he realized 322 surgeries! Hyderabad is the capital of the federal state of Telangana, which was established in 2014, and is the fourth-largest city in India. Dr Kumar's patients are from the city, but also from far distant rural regions where medical facilities are not readily available.

Mangaluru / Karnataka: Dr. Naveen Rao

Mangaluru / Karnataka: Dr. Naveen Rao
Dr Naveen Rao is an independent private surgeon in the city of Mangaluru and has been treating cleft patients in his practice for several years. With our help he intends on expanding his activities in this area. It is against this background that he chose as the location for his operations a larger hospital whose management is open toward the idea of establishing a cleft centre for patients from poor backgrounds. We are happy to have Dr Rao on our team, a dedicated and experienced surgeon.

Mumbai / Maharashtra: Dr. Dr. Nisheet Agni

Mumbai / Maharashtra: Dr. Dr. Nisheet Agni
With its 30 million inhabitants the business centre of Mumbai is India's largest city. Dr Dr Nisheet Agni operates in the Navneet Hi-Tech Hospital, which lies in the north of the city, close to the international airport. He is one of the youngest centre managers, yet has great experience in what he does. In India the training to become a surgeon starts early and is usually completed without major interruptions. After completing the nine-year-long education he became a fellow (intern) at one of our centres and managed his time there with flying colours.

Mysuru / Karnataka: Dr. Manu Prasad

Mysuru / Karnataka: Dr. Manu Prasad
Dr Manu Prasad has been working together with Schweizer Hilfe für Spaltkinder since 2006. At first he was an assistant at the cleft centre Ahmadabad, later surgeon in Mangalore and Bangalore. Thanks to our partner organisation the Schweizer Hilfe für Spaltkinder we were able to hand over to him the management of the first cleft centre in Mysore in August of 2013. The cleft centre is located in the St Joseph's hospital and has been working from the outset on interdisciplinary treatment. The surgeon, orthodontist, dentist, speech therapist, paediatrician and anaesthetist are all on one floor of the building.

Patna / Bihar: Dr. Uma Shankar

Patna / Bihar: Dr. Uma Shankar
Some 100 million people live on an area of 100,000km² in India's poorest federal state. The state's capital Patna is the second largest city in north-eastern India, only eclipsed by Kolkata. Establishing a drop-in centre for families with cleft children here was something that we had wished to be able to do for a long time. Dr Shankar is not only hard-working and operating with great enthusiasm but also extremely reliable and an ideal partner for us.

Pune / Maharashtra: Dr. Samrat Sabhlok

Pune / Maharashtra: Dr. Samrat Sabhlok
The two cleft centres in Maharashtra are located in the cities of Mumbai and Pune and lie just about 150km apart. The centre in Pune was founded in 2015 and is managed by Dr Samrat Sabhlok. Even though Pune is a thriving economic centre more than a third of its inhabitants live from less than €2 a day. That puts health insurance for lots of our patients firmly out of reach.

Raipur / Chhattisgarh: Dr. Nirved Jain

Raipur / Chhattisgarh: Dr. Nirved Jain
The German oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr Dr Götz Ehmann discovered the plastic surgeon Dr Nirved Jain while visiting in Raipur and managed to bring us together. She is a true gem when it comes to surgery and is a great part of the team. Chhattisgarh, along with Odisha and Bihar is one of the poorer Indian federal states. Lots of cleft patients are from the still quite inaccessible forest regions.

Surat / Gujarat: Dr. Nehal Patel

Surat / Gujarat: Dr. Nehal Patel
Surat is a large industrial city, not far north of Mumbai. Dr Patel is not only an excellent surgeon, but also an accomplished organiser. Originally set out as a smaller cleft centre, the actual number of children operated on, most of them from the rural areas, is gigantic. Every year Dr Patel organizes a large number of information camps in the countries' interior.

Visakhapatnam / Andhra Pradesh: Dr. Siva Reddy

Visakhapatnam / Andhra Pradesh: Dr. Siva Reddy
Dr Reddy is a first-class surgeon and optimally networked in Visakhapatnam. Local organisations assist him intensively with the educational work and in the search for the children. The patients are mostly from the rural areas of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, East and West Godavari and the neighbouring mountainous regions of southern Orissa and Chhattisgarh.