We have been working to help cleft children in Peru since 2006. Our help is based around two permanent project locations: one in the capital Lima and another in the Andean city of Cusco. Operations in the more remote surrounding areas ensure that patients there also receive high-quality treatment with surgery and follow-up therapies. Even in regions where hardly any help would be available otherwise.
The size of the country and the bad roads in the rural regions make it difficult to reach those who most need help. Our local partners maintain a network of contacts, through which the regular relief missions are communicated to the public. Our staff keep in touch with the affected families to make appointments for follow-up treatment after a surgical intervention.
“I have been treating cleft children in Peru for almost 30 years. Cleft children suffer a lot from their condition. It is particularly bad for children with a cleft palate. They cannot eat and drink properly, speak poorly. I am glad that we can now offer a comprehensive therapy to these children in Peru, and that the parents trust us and bring their children back again for the necessary follow-up treatments. So that my little patients have the best chance to lead a normal life.”
Dr. Alberto Bardales, senior surgeon in Peru
In many remote regions of the Andes, people do not have access to qualified medical care. With your donation we can help cleft children in regions of Peru where otherwise no help would be available.
There has fortunately been a great decline in poverty in recent years in Peru thanks to steady economic growth. However, there are strong regional inequalities in the country. As in Bolivia, poverty is particularly pronounced in the rural regions of the Andean highlands and especially among the indigenous population.