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apoBank Foundation supports cleft care in Bolivia

In May 2020 we expanded our aid project in Bolivia: Cochabamba was added as a third location, in addition to the two existing locations in Tarija and La Paz. The project partner is the well-respected Ayninakuna organization. At the Ayninakuna treatment center, cleft children receive comprehensive care. In addition to speech therapy and orthodontics, the very young patients are treated preoperatively with NAM therapy immediately after birth. Psychosocial support for the families also is an integral part of the help in Cochabamba.

We thank the apoBank Foundation for their continued support. The donation of 9,000 euros helps us reduce the OP waiting list that resulted from Corona and to establish Cochabamba as a new point of contact for help for cleft children in Bolivia.

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Estefan with his grandmother before the surgery.
Estefan with his mother: peekaboo in times of Corona.
Estefan happy after his surgery, performed at our new treatment center in Cochabamba.
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.
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.