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Peru: Qorito’s first mission in 2020

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From January 29th to February 1st, our Peruvian partner organization Qorito embarked on their first cleft treatment mission of this year. The destination was Azángaro, the capital of the province of the same name in the Puno region in southern Peru, 55 km from Lake Titicaca, at an altitude of 3,850 meters. The mission started with a typical dish from the region, a so-called Fiambre, which the Qorito team enjoyed together with the hospital management, the patients and their families.

For our senior surgeon Dr. Alberto Bardales, these were four very special days, because Azángaro is his home town. In the Carlos Cornejo Rosella Vizcardo de Azángaro hospital, he and his team were able to treat 32 children. Some of the families came from far away to have their children operated, or to receive follow-up treatment after a surgery performed on a previous mission. Qorito and Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe were lauded for their efforts by the city mayor and the Puno state government.

We wholeheartedly congratulate our Peruvian team!

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Happy cleft child during our mission in Azángaro.
Eating and drinking is often difficult for cleft children.
A happy mother with her cleft child.
Peruvian child with cleft lip.
Team Qorito in action in Azángaro
Little girl with cleft lip and palate.
During the mission in Azángaro
Dr. Bardales operating.
Sylvia Luedkte Haas oversees our two projects in Latin America pro bono.
Peruvian cleft child after the surgery…
… and with the happy mother.
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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.