Our partners in Bolivia
Surgeon Dr. Mario Villalba has been a partner of Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe since 2010. He treats needy children with cleft malformation at his main location in Tarija and additionally during surgical missions in outlying areas.
In late 2015, we expanded our team to include Dr. Adolfo Mamani from La Paz. The pediatric surgeon was trained in cleft surgery by our Peruvian partner Dr. Alberto Bardales over the course of three years. Under the umbrella of his organization Jiwaqui Bolivia, Dr. Mamani built an interdisciplinary team in La Paz and now additionally offers speech therapy, orthodontics and psychological care to children with cleft.
In May 2020, an experienced new partner organization, Ayninakuna, joined the team. Under the umbrella of the organization "Fundacion para la Salud Ayninakuna," renowned surgeon Dr. Roberto Edmundo Rosa Ressini established an interdisciplinary treatment center at the Aranjuez Clinic in Cochabamba. After his death in 2018, Dr. Eligió Rolando Arcienega Llano, a surgeon he trained, took over.
In 2022, Dr. Gonzalo Torrez Cruz became part of our Bolivian team. He heads our second aid project in La Paz under the project name "Sonrie Bolivia".
Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe's country manager for the projects in Bolivia is Stefanie Huter.