We have been active in Nicaragua since late 2021, providing surgeries on a relatively small scale. There is sadly still considerable poverty in the country. As always, the ones who suffer the most are the children. Eight cleft surgeries were provided in 2022 by our Nicaraguan surgeon.
During a surgical mission to the country by our partners, the aid organization Nicaplast (https://nicaplast.com/) at the beginning of 2023, we funded the treatment of an additional 23 Nicaraguan children. The future outlook of the project is still somewhat uncertain, but we are happy about every single child with cleft that we can help in Nicaragua.
In Africa, the oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Dr. Oliver Blume and Gunther Au-Balbach have been working as volunteers for Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe for many years. From 2009 until most recently in 2022, they were focused on East Africa, carrying out numerous aid missions to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. During this time, we also succeeded in establishing an independently operating African team. A first surgical mission to West Africa took our two Africa experts to Sierra Leone in early 2023.