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Help for cleft children in Burundi

The Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe has been conducting an aid project for cleft children in Burundi since 2015. The local partner organisations are Fondation Stamm (FS) in Bujumbura and their supporters, the "burundikids e.V." society in Cologne, Germany, as well as the Swiss "Stiftung burundikids schweiz" foundation. Our chosen partner hospital for the development is the Fondation Stamm's "Centre Médical Hippocrate" (CMH) in Bujumbura.

The managers of the Burundi project are, as in Uganda, our experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr Dr Oliver Blume and Gunther Au-Balbach. During their East Africa campaigns they twice operated on a total of 64 children in Bujumbura, most recently in February of 2018. A year before that a campaign saw a number of children from Burundi operated on in the Ugandan town of Mbarara.

The very slow development of our help in Burundi is against the background of the virtually civil war-like conditions in the country that make a larger-scale engagement of, for example, regular campaigns by our trained surgeons from the neighbouring countries of Rwanda or Uganda practically impossible. As soon as the political situation shows a sustainable improvement we would like to open a fixed drop-in centre and start training the first local surgeon for cleft lip and palate operations.

Join the help

Due to the desolate humanitarian situation and a possible outbreak of civil war the start of the project has now been pushed back to 2020. Please support us to develop this new project in Burundi. We are sponsoring the creation of a drop-in centre where the affected families can get advice and from where the population can be educated about the congenital deformation of cleft lip and palate, and finally, also where the surgical treatment of the affected children can take place.

Join the help and change the life of cleft children in Burundi for the better.

Join the help by making a donation and changing the life of cleft children in Burundi for the better.
Join the help by making a donation and changing the life of cleft children in Burundi for the better.

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