For our Cleft Pakistan project for children with cleft lip and palate in Pakistan, we cooperate with the large Pakistani NGO Al Mustafa Welfare Society. The organization runs many medical and other aid projects throughout the country. Recently, it has opened a new hospital in the town of Dhodial in northwest Pakistan. Our Cleft Pakistan team, under project leader and head surgeon Professor Dr. Ashraf Ganatra, took this opportunity to conduct a treatment mission for patients with cleft lip and palate there from September 29 to October 1, 2022.
The team consisted of 23 members: three surgeons, two anesthesiologists, ten operating room staff, two nurses, two social workers, a project manager, a camp manager, a photographer, and a media coordinator. Dhodial is located in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in northern Pakistan, and our team is based in the metropolis of Karachi in the province of Sindh in the south: this meant a distance of more than 1,600 kilometers, requiring a 25-hour journey by bus that began on September 27 at Al Mustafa Hospital Karachi, the “home base” of our team, and ended on September 28 at Al Mustafa Hospital Dhodial.