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Motivated Team

Our work in East Africa was initiated by our German volunteer doctors Dr. Dr. Oliver Blume und Gunther Au-Balbach, who continue to perform invaluable work as organizators and surgeons. We are also fortunate to have a growing pool of dedicated and highly trained local doctors and nurses. Financing and additional specialist training for cleft treatment is organized by DCKH. Since there is a lot of ground to cover and still preciously few trained specialists available, our teams regularly travel the region on surgical missions to treat local patients.

Read about our last pre-Corona surgical mission to Rwanda.



Cleft Africa doctors train Somali cleft surgeon Dr. Ahmed Gotale


Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe is working together with Heidelberg, Germany based humanitarian organization SomCare Germany to provide treatment to cleft children in the Somalia region. Pictured above is Somcare doctor Dr. Ahmed Gotale participating in cleft care training in Rwanda, provided by DCKH volunteers and experienced cleft care experts Dr. Dr. Oliver Blume and Gunther Au-Balbach on a mission alongside Cleft Africa partner specialists Dr. Deus Twesigye, Dr. Emmanuel Munyarugero and intensive care nurse Caroline Nakyanzi of the Cleft Africa partner hospital at Mbarara in Uganda. Cleft children in Somalia are currently desperately underserved.



Surgical mission to Rulenge


Dr Laurent Siborurema with members of his surgical team and Rulenge clinic personnel during an October 2018 surgical mission to Rulenge. Bishop Severine Niwemugizi of the Rulenge-Ngara diocese, Tanzania is an invaluable partner in our effort.



Cleft treatment in Kajaga


The Centre Médical Hippocrate in Burundi is another part of our cleft treatment efforts. Pictured: Dr Béatrice Kamikazi (third from left) and Dr Léandre Nimbona (right) of the Centre Médical Hippocrate with their German and Ugandan colleagues during a February 2018 cleft treatment mission at the Centre Médical Hippocrate.



Surgical mission to Gitwe


Team members, including Dr Emmanuel Munyarugero, Dr Dr Oliver Blume, and Dr Laurent Siborurema, on a 2018 surgical mission to Gitwe.