Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeries





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Region: South America

Country: Brazil

Location: Brazil

Total Budget: $110,000

Area of Focus: Maternal and child health

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1) Project: Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeries - Restoring Smiles

2) Identified Needs

The cleft lip and palate are congenital deformities (the child is born with it) characterized by the opening in the upper lip at one or both sides, mostly with an opening in the palate. It occurs between the 4th and 12th weeks of gestation.

In Brazil, the proportion of children born with cleft lip and palate is one in 650 births, according to official information provided by the Hospital of Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies of the University of São Paulo. It is estimated that more than 4,300 children are annually born in Brazil with this anomaly, being approximately 1,600 of them in the North and Northeast regions.

The Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery registers about 6,000 plastic surgeons in the whole country, 70% of whom are specialists in esthetical surgery and 30% in restorative surgery.

However, a very small number of only 50 plastic surgeons are specialists in the lip and palate fissure throughout Brazil.

Among these 50 surgeons, 70% are concentrated in the South and Southeast regions. It means that other Brazilian regions such as the North, Midwest and Northeast have critical needs of qualified professionals to perform the corrective surgeries. Therefore, around only 15 qualified surgeons are available in these regions, who comprise around 70 million inhabitants.

According to the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery 150 would be the ideal number of specialists in the cleft lip and palate surgery, evenly distributed in the country.

3) Project Goals

i) Provide training to 05 (five) young plastic surgeons to perform cleft lip and palate surgeries in the North, Northeast and Southeast Regions of Brazil.

ii) Support financially the accomplishment of 100 cleft lip and palate surgeries.

iii) Perform 250 cleft lip and palate surgeries within one year.

4) Project Timeline

i) Fellow selection process - Month 01 to Month 02

ii) Intermediary Report - Month 06

iii) 100 Cleft lip and palate surgeries - Month 03 to Month 20

iv) Intermediary Report - Month 12

v) Cleft lip and palate training - Month 03 to Month 14

vi) Intermediary Report - Month 18

vii) 250 Cleft lip and palate surgeries - Month 10 to Month 22

viii) Final Report - Month 24

5) Project Budget

=> Scholarships - US$ 65.000,00

=> Financial Support to 100 surgeries - US$ 25.000,00

=> Surgical material and anesthesia - US$ 20.000,00

Total US$ 110.000,00

6) Role of Members Clubs

The role of the rotarians of the host club will be the defense, management, coordination, supervision and monitoring of the project and its activities, as well as the articulation with the beneficiary institution and project partners.

The role of the rotarians of the international club will be the defense, supervision and monitoring of the project and its activities, as well as the articulation with the beneficiary institution and project partners.

Primary Host Partner

District: 4590

Rotary Club of: Campinas-Sul

Primary Contact: Adailton Silva

Email: adailtonsilva14@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 6440

Rotary Club of: Evanston Lighthouse

Primary Contact: Linda Gerber

Email: linda.a.gerber@gmail.com

Project Status

Need $41,814
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Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1984924.

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Campinas-Sul (4590)





Evanston Lighthouse (6440)





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