Welcome to Cleft Pakistan!

What is Cleft Pakistan?

Cleft Pakistan is a cooperation of German and Pakistani NGOs. Our goal is to give all Pakistanis suffering from cleft lip and palate, a common birth defect, free access to the best possible treatment for their condition. We collect donations and use them to fund surgeries performed by our Pakistani partner surgeons at hospitals throughout the country.

The goal of Cleft Pakistan is to provide optimal treatment to all citizens of Pakistan afflicted by cleft. Cleft Pakistan was initiated in April 2016 by the German Non Governmental Organization (NGO) Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe (DCKH) and Pakistani NGO Al Mustafa Welfare Society (AMWS). Cleft Pakistan organizes, finances, and performs treatment of poor patients suffering from cleft, furthers academic research on cleft and its clinical treatment, and provides training of local medical personnel and public education and awareness efforts.

The Cleft Pakistan Pakistani partners currently provide their services in 15 hospitals in 12 cities all over the country. In 2019, our doctors performed 709 surgeries.

Motivated Team

Our cleft related work in Pakistan is executed by a team consisting of pediatricians, orthodontists, speech language pathologists, and surgeons. The team is led by the highly experienced plastic surgeon Prof. Muhammad Ashraf Ganatra and every member of the team is working under his guidance.

Please find more information about our services here.

Would you like to know more?

Find out more about the Cleft Pakistan partners at their respective websites, or visit our Downloads section.

November 2020: Corona situation update

The Coronavirus pandemic of course also impacts our work. Under lockdowns, nonemergency procedures such as cleft surgeries are often postponed. Of course, cleft children continue to be born and need our help. Our partners are working to maintain their services, switching to telehealth whereever possible and purchasing tests and protective equipment to be able to work safely. These efforts are met with success: in October, we were able to perform 534 surgeries in India, Peru, Bolivia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Rwanda. We would like to congratulate our teams for this wonderful success of their hard work!