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Our annual report 2019

With 6,280 operations, 2019 was the most successful year in our history! Our annual report provides a comprehensive review, with detailed facts and figures as well as many pictures from our aid projects in Asia, South and Central America and Africa. We show how we are following and promoting our philosophy of a comprehensive treatment concept for cleft children with our many international partners. And showcase the passionate commitment of our generous supporters: hand in hand for cleft children.

You can download the annual report directly as a pdf or order the print version (the print version is only available in German).

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Passionate commitment from our supporters.
India: our biggest project country.
Numbers, data, facts: Impressions from our aid projects.
Comprehensive cleft care: How our aid works.

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.