Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe has been providing care in Afghanistan since 2010. Some 2,500 children with cleft lip are born in Afghanistan every year. Under the previous government, those affected who could not afford the surgical procedure themselves had the opportunity to have it performed free of charge at one of our three project locations. Even in the pandemic year of 2021, our four local surgeons were able to perform 80 operations until the fall of the government in August – a great success during such a turbulent time for Afghanistan.
The situation in the country regarding availability of medical care for cleft children has never been easy and is unlikely to improve fundamentally anytime soon, despite our best efforts. Nevertheless, we remain hopeful that our ability to help Afghan cleft children will improve further. Our surgeon in Masar-e-Scharif has taken a first and important step – we support her as much as we can and say “thank you” from the bottom of our hearts for her work and dedication!