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Online seminar on functional therapy in children with lip and palate malformations is a success

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The experienced speech therapist Dr. Ulrike Wohlleben shared her knowledge with fellow medical professionals from our partner organizations in Latin America in a first two-hour online training seminar. Dr. Wohlleben has extensive Latin America experience, so the seminar was held in Spanish without the need for a separate interpreter. 40 professionals from six countries – Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Peru and Nicaragua – took part.

Medical professionals from the fields of surgery, speech and functional therapy, physiotherapy and psychology participated. A special guest was a young woman with an operated double-sided cleft malformation from Nicaragua, who was treated by Mrs. Wohlleben as a child and still maintains close contact with her.

The Castillo Morales® concept

The training gave an instructive introduction to the Castillo Morales® concept, which was new to most of our partners, and ended with a question and answer session and time for mutual networking. The seminar was very well received and we hope to organize a further training with Dr. Wohlleben.

A big thank you to Ulrike Wohlleben for her commitment to helping children with cleft malformation!

Ulrike Wohlleben has a speech therapy practice in Erlangen and is a lecturer within the basic courses for the Castillo Morales® – Concept. She has completed the training as a teaching therapist for the Castillo Morales® – Concept in Germany and Argentina. Since 1997 she has been traveling to Nicaragua yearly with the interdisciplinary team of the Nicaplast organization to provide medical and therapeutic care to patients with cleft lip and palate.

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.