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Currently Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe is active in 13 countries:

Afghanistan
Afghanistan

Bangladesh
Bangladesh

Bolivia
Bolivia

Burundi
Burundi

India
India

Indonesia
Indonesia

Pakistan
Pakistan

Peru
Peru

Rwanda
Rwanda

Tajikistan
Tajikistan

Uganda
Uganda

Vietnam
Vietnam

Tanzania
Tanzania

Timeline of our aid provided to cleft children in the project countries:

We began with providing aid in 2003. The Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V. was founded in 2002, but already in 2005 we were able to finance 1,271 cleft operations as well as 83 operations on craniofacial anomalies (major congenital deformations) in India and 62 operations in Cameroon.

From 2006 onwards Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe was active in five countries: in India we assisted in the establishment of a new cleft centre in Ahmadabad, in Cameroon with the financing of the Ngaoundéré project together with the University of Greifswald, Germany, in Vietnam by supporting the activities of Deviemed in the central Vietnamese cities of Huë and Da Nang and in Peru through the financing of operating campaigns preformed by local doctors and the support of operations and treatment in the Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia in Lima. We also began helping in Uganda by assisting in the development of training and operating campaigns led by the Munich-based oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr Dr Oliver Blume.

In 2007 Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe extended its support in the project countries even more. India: together with Prof Krishna Shama Rao founding of the cleft centre Mangalore. Here the focus was on the treatment of children with craniofacial anomalies. Additionally: founding of the cleft centre Bhubaneswar in what was then the poorest state of India, Orissa, in the eastern part of the country. Amongst other things treatment of children from India's indigenous people, the Adivasi, in the mountain regions of Orissa. In the latter part of autumn founding of cleft centre Srinagar in Kashmir. Peru: growth in the number of campaigns undertaken in the more remote areas of Peru and additional operations in Lima. Development of a base of operations in Cuzco in the high Andes. Financing of a new anaesthetic machine in Lima to improve the safety during operations. Cameroon: founding of the "Projet bec-de-Lievre Lore Keller, Traitement gratuit des fentes labiopalatines" project covering the central and southern parts of Cameroon to complement our already established project in Ngaoundéré in the north of the country. The operations are performed in a very active and properly equipped hospital in Douala.

In 2008 we commenced our aid in the Philippines through a project in Cagayan de Oro (on the southern island of Mindanao). There we are closely working together with well-trained local surgeons. In Uganda we financed the training of two surgeons within the framework of the project initiated by Dr Blume at the medical faculty of the University of Mbarara. Towards the end of the year we started a small project providing aid for individual cases of children with cleft lip and palate in Taiyuan/China, after the editor of a German television station made a programme about an orphanage there and subsequently got in contact with us. In the summer of 2008 our Peruvian project leader, Dr Alberto Bardales, who is also director of the supporting association Qorito, operated on children in La Paz, Bolivia. To be able to provide aid there is one of his greatest desires, as he himself is from the town of Puno which lies on the banks of Lake Titicaca and knows of the difficult situation faced by the population from the Bolivian Andes.

In 2009 the number of operations was increased to 3,225: India 2,138 operations, Peru/Bolivia 452 operations, Cameroon 186 operations, Vietnam 160 operations, the Philippines 159 operations, Tajikistan 78 operations, Uganda 37 operations, China 15 operations. The aim of all projects is to create sustainability, viz. that they are all run and further developed by local surgeons.

In 2010 we successfully continued the expansion of our work. India, Peru, Cameroon and Vietnam are still the countries that receive the most of our attention through the local associations, some of which were founded with our help: the Gujarat and Craniofacial Research Institute (The GCCRI) and the Maaya Foundation in India, the Qorito association in Peru, the OSEELC (Oeuvre de Santé de l’Église Évangélique Luthérienne au Cameroun) in Cameroon and the OSCA (Centre for Researching and Aiding Smile Operations) organisation in Vietnam. A number of further major projects are running in Bangladesh and Tajikistan, smaller, more local ones in the Philippines, Afghanistan (training project), Bolivia (Santa Cruz) and China (Xi'An). The training of two surgeons for operations on cleft lips and palates in Uganda is successfully completed.

In 2011 we opened the ninth cleft centre in India. There we also started a first training programme for doctors from our other project countries. Three surgeons, three anaesthesiologist and an ENT-specialist from Afghanistan as well as the young surgeon Dr Laurent Siborurema from Rwanda complete the training programme. In Vietnam we introduced speech therapy to the range of treatments available by training the orderly Dat Vu Quang to become a functional therapist. In Peru, Bolivia and in the Philippines our local surgeons steadily continue to operate and treat children with cleft lip and palate. And in Rwanda and Afghanistan we continue with the training of local surgeons.

Through the generous help of our donors and sponsors we reached as many children as never before in our anniversary year 2012: 3,654 operations were made possible. We also continued to make good progress in the area of follow-on treatments and aftercare. Nely Nieves and Fausto Moises from Peru and Rashmi Rao and Sri Lakshmi Godavarthi from India successfully complete their training at the University of Basel, Switzerland. The Vietnamese surgeons Dr Hung from the Hanoi Medical School and Dr Hoai from Hanoi attend a month-long session of further training in India in order for complex surgery such as bone grafting (transplantation of bone material from the hip to the jawbone) to be made available to cleft children in Vietnam. In Afghanistan the surgeons Dr Sebghatullah Natrory (Kunduz) and Dr Habibullah Atif (Faizabad), both who received their training through us, perform their first self-dependent operations.

The year 2013 sees the consolidation of our aid for children with cleft lip and palate at a very high level. For the first time we reached the number of 4,000 supported operations! The relations with our project partners are strong. In India Dr Manu Prasad opens an excellent cleft centre in Mysore/Karnataka. In Vietnam the doctors of OSCA are able to perform ENT surgery (the laying of tympanostomy tubes) for the first time where necessary and integrate a young orthodontist into the team. In Peru we struck up new contractual association with the Armonizar society who help cleft children through ENT surgery, orthodontics and speech therapy. Armonizar closely cooperates with our surgical supporter Qorito and their excellent surgeon and director Dr Alberto Bardales. In Cameroon Nicole Danki (Ngaoundéré) takes over the coordination of the aid provided on site and for the first time two training and operating campaigns are undertaken. In Afghanistan two training and operating campaigns are realised in Kabul, both made possible through additional support provided by the German Foreign Office. Together with three local surgeons we are finally able to provide some 600 Afghan cleft children with the necessary operation! High numbers of operations are also recorded in Bangladesh and Bolivia. We would like to take the opportunity to extend our special thanks to the local surgeons Dr Muhammad Quamruzzaman (Bangladesh) and Dr Mario Villalba (Bolivia).

The year 2014 was once again a very successful one! A total of 4,010 operations were made possible, while we were at the same time continuing to develop the availability of accompanying therapies. In India alone our eleven cleft centres performed 1,998 operations. The interdisciplinary and comprehensive treatment of patients is and will be carried out on the highest level of competence. Operations remain at the centre of our attention in our project countries Bangladesh, Bolivia and the Philippines, while in Afghanistan and Africa (Cameroon, Uganda, Rwanda) the training of surgeons is added to the workload. In Peru and Vietnam we also support functional therapy, speech therapy and dentistry measures. In Vietnam, tympanostomy tubes are laid for 67 children to enable the outflow of pus and secretions from the middle ear. In Indonesia a new project is started, providing aid to remote islands.

In 2015 the newly initiated cooperation with the Indian partner association ABMSS (Akhila Bharatha Mahila Sema Samaja) is especially gratifying. This provides new opportunities for activities in the areas of development and financing of local projects! Some 2,168 operations are carried through in India alone. The aid provided to our project countries Bangladesh, Bolivia, Peru, Uganda, Vietnam and the Philippines remains steady, while the numbers of operations in Afghanistan decline due to the precarious safety situation. The projects in Cameroon and Rwanda have separated and become independent from us, but the first operating campaign is undertaken in Burundi which ultimately should lead to the development of a centre for cleft children there. The initiative of Dr Martin Kemp, who has been running a large cleft centre in Dushanbe since 2010, sees our help for cleft children in Tajikistan reactivated.

The year 2016 is a highly dynamic one. In India we continue to develop new projects with young surgeons and intensify our educational work by centrally coordinating the locally operating educational workers. The second workshop on the subject of educational work and the search for affected children is a resounding success in regard to attendance and results achieved. In Bolivia the newly founded aid project "Qorito Bolivia" takes up its activities with a large number of operations under the directorship of Dr Adolfo Mamani in La Paz. In Peru two speech therapists and the dentist Dr Omar Cotrina, who is experienced in cleft deformations, are integrated into the Qorito Peru team. In Indonesia the second operating campaign is undertaken by a team led by Dr Bambang (University of Malang) in order to reach patients on the archipelago's more remote islands. Due to issues of security the project in Burundi has to pause, but the first operations are successfully conducted by Dr Oliver Blume and his colleague Gunther Au-Balbach in Tanzania. The Ugandan surgeon Dr Deus attends further training on surgical procedures in India. A new, very promising project is started in Vietnam together with the Taipei-based Taiwanese Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation (NCF). Despite the difficult security situation the Afghan surgeons that were trained by us still manage every month to conduct operations on several cleft children. In Tajikistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan the numbers of operations successfully carried out are encouraging, even if we and our local partners repeatedly have to come to terms with apparently deteriorating security situations and growing threat levels.

We celebrated our 15th anniversary in 2017. In that year we made it possible that a total number of 4,289 operations were performed throughout the world. Tanzania became our newest project country, thereby raising the total number of countries where we provide support to thirteen.  Improvements kept being made in the areas of parent education, dental work, orthodontics and speech therapy. Today this is particularly successful in the centres in India, Peru and Vietnam.

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