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!