In Pakistan there is one child with cleft lip and palate for every 500 births. With more than six million births in 2019, that’s around 12,000 new “cases” per year. Only about half of the children are operated on. There are some plastic surgeons in Pakistan, but only a few operate cleft lip and palate. Most of them lack the know-how. In addition, the treatment of a child from a poor background is not very lucrative. The children then often are not accepted at the public hospitals.
Our project in Pakistan is based in Karachi, the capital of the province of Sindh. With its approximately 15 million inhabitants, Karachi is one of the largest cities in the world. The province of Sindh is located in southern Pakistan, adjacent to India and the Arabian Sea. Outside the metropolis of Karachi, life is rural. The rural population is very poor. We provide information about our aid project on site through broad-based awareness-raising campaigns and communicate the regular operations in Karachi and various provincial hospitals in the surrounding area.
We have been active in Pakistan since 2013. After a few years of development, we were able to make a big step forward in 2016 through a cooperation with Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Ganatra and the Al-Mustafa Welfare Society. The Al-Mustafa Welfare Society is one of the most renowned non-profit organizations in Pakistan. Since 1983, the society has been committed to providing low-income people with access to health care and education. The non-profit organization runs schools and various medical facilities. One of them is the Al-Mustafa Medical Center in Karachi.
In 2007, the organization initiated a cleft aid program under the direction of plastic surgeon Prof. Muhammad Ashraf Ganatra, who has extensive experience in treating children with cleft lip and palate. Prof. Ganatra operates up to 100 patients a month in and outside of Karachi. Dr. Ulrike Lamlé oversees our project on a voluntary basis.
Between the project start in 2013 and 2019, we enabled almost 3,500 operations. Many more children are waiting for their operation in Pakistan. They need your help. Please support our aid work with your donation.
It was not until 1947 that Pakistan was separated from India. The aim was to found an independent state for the Muslim Indians. A new state was created with the four provinces Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa as well as the capital territory of Islamabad. Pakistan also controls the Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir areas on the Pakistani-administered side of Kashmir. This situation still leads to conflicts between India and Pakistan.
Even though the security situation in Pakistan has improved in recent years, the threat of political or religious extremism remains a key problem. Religious minorities in the country, particularly Christians and Hindus, are particularly affected.