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Bangladesh resumes cleft care after lockdown

Abir was born in Bangladesh on October 6, 2018. Shortly after his first birthday, Prof. Ahmed, one of our leading surgeons in Bangladesh, operates him the first time to close Abir’s cleft lip.

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Abir before his surgery
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Since Abir’s palate is also affected, he also needs a second operation. But then the Corona epidemic comes, and along with it with a lockdown and an operation stop. Abir’s parents are desperate. They are so happy with the result of the lip surgery. Now they are very concerned that the palate surgery might no longer be possible. This second operation is very important. Abir cannot swallow properly due to the cleft palate. Feeding her baby is not easy for the young mother. On top of that, the pandemic makes the family’s life even more difficult.

Seven months after the first intervention, Abir’s parents finally receive the long-awaited call from Prof. Ahmed. He and his team are working again. Abir’s surgery is scheduled for May 29th. The operation takes place. Everything goes well and Abir will soon be able to return home with his parents. With a new perspective on life and new hope in these difficult times.

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The cleft palate gives Abir much trouble: He can’t swallow properly, which makes it difficult to feed him.
All went well: Abir only hours after his palate surgery.
Prof. Ahmed’s cleft ward: Mothers await their children’s surgeries.
Prof. Ahmed during patient intake.
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Five good reasons to donate for cleft children
We dedicate ourselves to a single cause: Treating children with cleft lip and palate. In our project countries, we offer direct medical help for the needy patients and their families. Measurable in the number of surgeries offered.
Whereever the situation in our project countries allows, we fund additional necessary followup therapies beyond the surgeries, such as speech therapy or orthodontics.
Every treatment is documented by our doctors in the project countries in our patient database and verified by us. This way we know that the donations entrusted to us are used properly.
Our goal always is to build sustainable, independently functioning structures in our project countries. To achieve this, we build up long-term partnerships and keep in close touch with our local partners.
The German Central Institute for Social Matters (DZI) certifies that we use the donations entrusted to us responsibly and properly manner. We have held this certificate continuously since 2012.
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From our projects
The story of Maui, cleft child from Colombia
Our new project to help children with cleft lip and palate in Colombia begins with a very unusual case. Maui was born with a cleft lip and palate. His parents belong to an indigenous people and do not know how to get him the help he needs. By a happy coincidence, Julia, a Swiss woman living in Colombia, is a neighbor of the family and offers to help. In search of treatment options, she comes across Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe.
Video: Impressions from Bolivia
The parents of our cleft children are always full of gratitude. When their child is born with cleft, they often do not know what to make of the malformation, much less that it can be treated. And even if they do - most of our little patients come from the poorest of backgrounds. Their parents could never afford the operation. It is an unimaginable happiness for them to learn that their children can receive qualified treatment, and free of charge even. This wonderful, touching film from our Bolivian aid project captures these special moments of happiness.
Video: Impressions from Pakistan
This film, made for our Pakistani partner organization, the Al-Mustafa Welfare Societey, by the father of one of our patients, shows scenes from our work in Karachi. 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 also regularly heads out to local provincial hospitals to treat cleft patients there.