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We are currently supporting our projects in putting into place additional corona protective measures. On December 24th, we handed over pulse oximeters, oxygen concentrators, protective equipment and surgical masks to Mugda Medical College & Hospital in Dhaka. The material will help safeguard our patients and our medical professionals in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is one of our main project countries. 40 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty. The residents of the slums in large cities such as the capital Dhaka are particularly affected. Of the 20 million inhabitants of Dhaka, 30 to 40 percent live in the roughly 4,700 slums of the metropolis. Almost 15 percent of children between the ages of 0 and 5 are undernourished or malnourished. Cleft children are particularly at risk, as the cleft makes it even more difficult for them to eat.

In Bangladesh, around 6,000 children are born with cleft lip and palate every year. Many of them do not have access to qualified treatment. With our currently four teams we stand up for these children. We are planning to provide 1,700 operations for cleft children in Bangladesh for 2021. You can help us achieve this goal!

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Dhaka: Handover of the first delivery of Covid-19 protective materials
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.