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Great challenges in 2021

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As a result of the pandemic, many cleft children could not be treated in 2020. Organizations that rely on foreign teams for help have had to stop helping. Thanks to our local surgeons, we were able to continue our work. More than 4,000 operations were the gratifying result in this difficult year. Our goal for 2021: An increase in the number of surgeries back to the level of 2019, our most successful year to date – which we concluded with 6,280 operations.

We want to realize 6,500 operations in 2021. We are mobilizing all of our capacities for this. The increased costs for the surgeries are an additional challenge: Due to new laboratory, protective and hygiene measures, each operation costs 50 euros more than before. For 2021 we thus have to calculate with 300 euros per operation. Over thousands of operations, the difference amounts to a six-figure additional requirement.

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6,500 surgeries in 11 countries!

India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bolivia, Vietnam, East Africa (Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia, Ethiopia), Peru and Afghanistan: in 2021 these will be the priority countries for our work. You can see below how the 6,500 operations we are planning are distributed among the individual countries.

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2,000 surgeries planned in India
1,700 surgeries planned in Bangladesh.
1,000 surgeries planned in Pakistan.
400 surgeries planned in Bolivia.
350 surgeries planned in Vietnam.
230 surgeries planned in East Africa.
200 surgeries planned in Peru.
120 surgeries planned in Afghanistan.

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.