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First Labiopalatinal Congress in Bolivia

From July 31 to August 2, 2019, the 1st International Cleft Lip and Palate Congress took place in Bolivia, initiated and organized in La Paz by our surgeon Dr. Adolfo Mamani with our partner organization Jiwaqui Bolivia.

With a line-up of renowned specialists, the congress brings together internationally recognized experts from the disciplines of surgery, orthodontics, speech therapy and psychology, which are all crucial to the treatment of cleft. DCKH board member Prof. Dr. med. Frank Feyerherd and our Peruvian partner Dr. Alberto Bardales also attended. The goal of the event was to advance the interdisciplinary treatment structure for cleft lip and palate in the region.

We are proud of our still young partner organization to take such a momentous step to advance comprehensive treatment of cleft children in the region.


• Prof. Dr. med. Frank Feyerherd: Anesthesiologist – Germany
• Dr. Alberto Bardales: Plastic surgeon – Peru
• Dr. Carlos Giugliano: Plastic Surgeon – Chile
• Dr. Percy Rosell: Plastic Surgeon – Peru
• Dr. Antonio Ysunza: Neurophysiologist – USA
• Dra. María Pamplona: speech therapist -Mexico
• License Margot Luque speech therapist – Peru
• License Mirta Palomares speech therapist – Chile
• License Mitsee Montesinos psychologist- Peru
• Dr. Omar Cotrina orthodontist – Peru
• Dr. José Avalos: Orthodontist – Mexico


• Bolivian Society for Pediatric Surgery
• Bolivian association of cleft lip and palate
• Jiwaqui Bolivia
• Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V.

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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.