What is included in the 250 euro cost of a surgery?
The sum includes information and care for the parents, transportation of the family to the hospital, hospital stay including meals, medical materials and finally the surgery including anaesthesia.
How does Corona impact our work?
During the global lockdown, no operations were possible in most of our project countries. We are now slowly resuming our work, aided by our local structures, which make us less vulnerable to travel restrictions etc. Our partners are operating again under strict security precautions and are gradually clearing the operation backlog accumulated over the last months. The protective measures are complex and take a lot of time. Lower numbers of operations and higher costs are the result. We are currently calculating an average of 20 percent higher cost, which is 50 euros more per operation – for more safety for our patients and medical staff!
Does the operation cost the same in every country?
The 250 euros are a calculated average of the real costs, which vary from project country to project country.
Why are the costs for a surgery so low?
A key principle of our work is the strengthening of local structures. This means that we can work at local prices. In addition, the work on site is organized independently by our partners. The senior surgeons receive a fee and our partner hospitals usually let us use the medical infrastructure at below the usual market price.
When do I get my donation receipt?
If you are a first-time donor, you will receive your donation confirmation immediately after your donation. In order to minimize the administrative effort and thus the costs, the confirmations for any further donations are combined and all sent out at the beginning of the following year.
Can I choose which child’s surgery I want to sponsor?
When our patients come to the hospital, they usually receive their surgery immediately, if their state of health permits. The treatment is then documented by the team on site and the documentation checked by us. Based on this documentation, we will provide you with retrospective information about “your” child and the treatment you have financed.
Can I provide additional support to a child that I’ve sponsored?
The focus of our work is on medical care for children with cleft lip and palate. The surgery sponsorship therefore also is limited purely to paying for the treatment. In contrast to a classical sponsorship, as a surgery sponsor you finance one treatment of a child. No other support is possible.
Can I sponsor necessary followup treatments for “my” child?
Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that the parents will return for any recommended followup treatments after the initial operation. However, the patient database allows us to follow a child’s treatment. If a followup treatment is performed, we inform the donor who sponsored the first treatment and give them the option to also support this additional treatment.
We have been awarded the DZI seal of approval for our responsible use of donated funds. The seal is awarded annually on the basis of a strict examination of our accounting by the Berlin-based German Central Institute for Social Questions (Deutsches Zentralinstitut für soziale Fragen, DZI).