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Cleft child Daisy from Bolivia – helped thanks to you!

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During our surgery missions to help cleft children in Caranavi and Potosí, Bolivia, Dr. Adolfo Mamani was able to treat 34 children with cleft lip and palate – thanks to donations from Germany. Great news for the children and their families, especially in times of the corona pandemic. It is not only the direct consequences of the pandemic like sickness and economic problems that hit the poor families hard: Many aid organizations also had to stop their work due to travel restrictions meant to stop the virus. As a result, many cleft children remain untreated.

Getting help for a cleft child is difficult in Bolivia

In Bolivia there are few places for patients with cleft lip and palate to get help. There are only a handful of cleft surgeons, and outside of the big cities, medical care is generally not good. In addition, the majority of the young patients come from families with indigenous roots. They often live in unimaginable poverty. Many only speak their own languages – Quechua or Aymara – and no Spanish. This puts them at a further disadvantage in looking for help. To be able to help them, our experienced surgeon Dr. Adolfo Mamani travels the country outside of his hometown of La Paz on treatment missions. Dr. Mamani is part of our network Cleft Bolivia with his aid organization Jiwaqui Bolivia.

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Daisys happily waiting for the surgery.
Daisy is in best hands with Dr. Adolfo Mamani’s team.
The tension increases – Daisy’s surgery draws near.
Successful surgery – happy parents.
Daisy’s cleft has been closed cleanly.
Dr. Adolfo Mamani is happy for little Daisy.
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The happiness of Daisy and her family are the tangible results of your donation for cleft children.
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Daisy is one of the tiny patients who arrives in Potosí with her parents for a surgery. The journey was difficult and long. First a five hour march. Then a long bus trip. Upon arrival, however, the hardships of the journey are quickly forgotten. The operation is a huge milestone for Daisy and her parents. At the time of her operation, Daisy is not even five months old. Her whole life is ahead of her. Without our help, Daisy may have had to suffer under the consequences of the cleft all her life. She might have had a hard time making friends, might have had to endure ridicule and marginalization. Now she has the chance to grow up a “normal girl”.

With your donation to help children with cleft lip and palate in Bolivia, you are changing the lives of children like Daisy in a tangible and lasting way.

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It doesn’t cost much to improve the life of a child.
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Videos
21.08.2020/
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.
22.07.2020/
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.
02.03.2020/
The story of Dat from Vietnam
As a baby, Dat fell victim to an unqualified surgery. Probably inexperienced doctors severed important arteries during his palate surgery in Vietnam. The result: a large hole in the palate that massively affects the boy's life. We brought him to Germany to get reconstructive surgery. An individual case that due to the financial and human cost must remain an exception. In this video, we want to draw attention to the risks of "safari surgery" as opposed to sustainable development aid.