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Aid for cleft children in South East Asia

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Facts about Indonesia
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Indonesia consists of 17,508 islands. 6,044 islands, about a third, are inhabited. Many island regions of Indonesia are difficult to reach. The people there have no access to qualified medical care.
The effort to reach the affected families and to transport them to the hospital is high. This has an impact on the costs of the surgery: in Indonesia, at 350 euros, they are higher than the average we calculate elsewhere.
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28 percent of children in Indonesia do not get enough food and are therefore malnourished. Medical care is poor, especially in rural areas.
Each of our missions lasts up to a week. In this time we can operate around 30 cleft patients and give them and their families new hope.
Despite the difficult geographical conditions we have been able to perform more than 200 operations in remote island regions in the six years we have been active in Indonesia.
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Our work in Indonesia

Outside the main islands of Indonesia, the inhabitants of smaller islands suffer from a poorly developed infrastructure. For example, there is a lack of comprehensive medical care. Many families cannot afford traveling the sometimes long distances to the nearest hospital. During our missions, we repeatedly come across many older cleft children who have not yet been treated.

In recent years, our operations have focused on the province of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT), part of the Little Sunda Islands in eastern Indonesia. Compared to other areas in Indonesia, the number of children born with cleft lip and palate is strikingly higher there. The target regions have so far been the islands of Flores and Timor with missions in Wolowaru, Labuan Bajo, Ende (Flores) and Atambua, Kupang and Kefa (Timor). At the beginning of this year, the first assignment took place in Serang, the capital of the West Javanese province of Banten.

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Our partners in Indonesia

The RSUD Dr Saiful Anwar Hospital has been a partner of Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe in Indonesia since 2014 and is represented by Prof. Bambang Pardjianto. Malang is a major city on the Indonesian main island of Java. The Malang hospital is very renowned and has an excellent department for the treatment of cleft patients.

Project manager on part of Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe is Dr. Ulrike Lamle. She is the medical contact for Prof. Pardijanto and has accompanied him during his operations. Ulrike Lamlé lived in Java for several years and speaks Indonesian.

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Your donation for cleft children in Indonesia

We want to continue to help cleft children in the many remote island regions of Indonesia in the future. We need your support so that we can continue our work.

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Portrait Indonesia

Despite the overall positive development in recent years, the imbalance between rich and poor in Indonesia is large. There are clear regional differences. While the main island of Java, as Indonesia’s political and economic center, is well developed, other islands have been neglected. The children are particularly hard hit. Many children cannot go to school. This is because the parents lack the financial means to pay for school uniform and material. Or because the nearest school is miles away from the home village and is therefore out of reach of the children.

Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and the world’s largest island nation. The islands lie between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Indonesia borders East Timor, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea and lies between the two continents Asia and Australia.
1,913,580 km²
Official language
Predominant religion

Due to its geology, the island nation is frequently plagued by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.