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Dr Alberto Bardales shares his knowledge!

Dr Alberto Bardales is not only an excellent surgeon who throughout his career has so far treated more than 4,000 cleft children, he is also constantly improving his techniques and happy to share his knowledge! Together with the renowned London-based surgeon Dr Brian Sommerlad he regularly provides training to local and Bolivian surgeons. The highlands of the Andes, where he grew up, is very close to his heart as he knows that here the number of children born with cleft deformations is especially high. We have been working together with Dr Bardales and his Peruvian support organisation "Qorito" since 2006. As the terrain of Peru makes travelling quite difficult he has established a network of doctors, nurses and contact persons to reach out to affected families. This enables him to regularly undertake operating campaigns even in the most remote areas.

With the training in Europe of the psychologist Nely Nieves as a speech functional therapist Qorito can now offer cleft patients and their families psychological and functional therapies. In these they tackle issues such as the stimulation of the correct positioning of the tongue or the training of the muscles of the neck, mouth and face. These are important therapeutic approaches, as even children that have successfully undergone surgery sometimes speak with such a twang that others think they are disabled!

In December 2016, with the help of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), we launched the three-year project "Improving the health care of cleft children through multidisciplinary treatment in Peru". The aim is to provide comprehensive care for patients with cleft lip and palate, including speech therapy as well as dental and orthodontic treatment.

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There is still lots to do in order to develop a comprehensive care for cleft children in Peru. Besides the continuation of the operations we would like to intensify the educational work and improve the aftercare. At the drop-in centre in Lima we also take care of the dental, orthodontic and speech therapy treatment of the children. This approach is to be extended to other areas of the country over the coming years.

Join the help and donate to enable operations and the development of the interdisciplinary treatment program for cleft children in Peru.

Join the help and donate to enable operations and the development of additional important treatments and aftercare for the cleft children of Peru.
Join the help and donate to enable operations and the development of additional important treatments and aftercare for the cleft children of Peru.

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