Cleft lip/palate surgery for African children



This project provides essential reconstructive surgery for East African children born with cleft lip or palate. Without treatment, children remain physically, psychologically and socially disabled. This surgery can change their life for the better!

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Cleft lip and palate are congenital defects that seriously impair hearing, speech, chewing and breathing. Approximately 10,000 infants are born with cleft lip and palate in East Africa each year. Reconstructive surgery can correct this defect. There are only 20 reconstructive surgeons in the region, about one surgeon for every 10 million people. This project will perform over 1,500 reconstructive surgeries this year and train 1,000 local surgeons in commonly-required reconstructive techniques.

How will this project solve this problem?

This project provides reconstructive services to correct cleft lip and palate in remote and under-served regions in East Africa. AMREF educates communities about cleft treatment and works to reduce the stigma attached to the cleft condition.

Potential Long Term Impact

Long-term, this project will help improve the health systems infrastructure by training local doctors to perform surgical techniques to correct cleft lip and palate. Fewer disadvantaged children will grow up with the added burden of a cleft.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $30

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $30 .  The original project funding goal was $5,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Bernhard Bauer

New York, New York United States

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