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Extraordinary initiative: PlusDental creatively tackles Coronavirus – and cleft

PlusDental and their parent company Sunshine Smile have been supporters of our work for cleft children for two years now. We value the young company from Berlin, which produces transparent dental splints, as an extraordinarily committed and innovative partner.

The PlusDental team also applied its creativity and social commitment to the current Covid crisis. Their dental laboratory, with one of the largest 3D printer fleets in Germany, started to also put out protective visors. Since March 30th these visors were donated to medical institutions, free of charge. The visors saw daily use at the Charité Berlin, the Hanau Clinic and many others. The 3D printers were staffed by volunteers from the company’s workforce in night and weekend shifts. More than 2,000 of the protective masks were delivered.

And that’s not all: PlusDental informed the grateful recipients of their visors of their support for us in the delivery note, spreading the word about our work to potential future donors. After more than 7,000 visors the successful initiative was now concluded. Equally successful: The final donation balance. 16 children were able to receive their needed treatment thanks to the support from Berlin! Many thanks to Berlin to the entire PlusDental team for their work!

Learn more here (in German).

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Masks being produced
The finished product
Mask in use
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.