Tom Schneider: Active for cleft children
We are overjoyed and grateful to receive a donation of USD 10,000 from China! The donation was initiated by our volunteer board member Thomas Schneider. Tom is the founder of ISA TanTec, an international group of tanneries. Since a major yearly business event had to be cancelled this year due to Covid-19, Tom and CEO Uwe Hutzler decided to reinvest the funds that had been set aside for the event. A great boon for our cleft children!
Diagnosis: cleft palate
Sifa has lived with her cleft palate for 16 years. When she was little, only her cleft lip was treated. Sifa unfortunately is no exception. Again and again we meet patients who have not received their palatal surgery. The suffering they experience is unimaginable. For babies, the open palate can even be life-threatening. Read here what the diagnosis of "cleft palate" means and why its closure is so important.
Impressions from Pakistan
This film, made for our Pakistani partner organization, the Al-Mustafa Welfare Societey, by the father of one of our patients, provides authentic insights into our work in Karachi, the capital of the province of Sindh. From here, our senior surgeon Prof. Ashraf Ganatra treats cleft children from poorest families. He operates the children from Karachi at the Al Mustafa Medical Center. In order to reach the many needy families living outside the city, he regularly carries out operations in local provincial hospitals.