Our Work in Chile
Despite a National Cleft Protocol, families in low-income situations too often fall through the cracks, putting their child’s full rehabilitation at risk.
Cleft Care in Chile Today
Chile boasts significant cleft care expertise. However, economic and political instability have increased the barriers that families face in accessing this in-demand care. From guidance in navigating care options to bridging gaps for rural patients, to equipping patients to address stigma, Transforming Faces’ partners are developing models of Comprehensive Cleft Care that are emulated throughout Latin America.
Listen to this podcast to learn more about a new training tool called the 3D Cleft Palate Simulator and how TF collaborated to provide training in Chile.
- Population: 19,600,000
- Capital: Santiago
- Below Poverty Line: 11%
- Cleft Incidence: 300+/ year
Bullying and stigma related to cleft are significant challenges for families in Chile’s capital, Santiago.
Increasing economic insecurity places additional barriers to the ability of families to attend regular appointments to address challenges to their speech.
Families affected by cleft in low-income situations may require additional support in navigating the treatment options available through the National Cleft Protocol.
ONG Cleft’s Canine Therapy Initiative in Chile
ONG Cleft, a TF partner based in Santiago, Chile, has grown an initiative to include canine therapy in their Comprehensive Cleft Care. Children and their families have reported lowered anxiety and stress during dental treatments. At the Cleft 2022 international conference, members of the ONG Cleft team presented on their findings.
Psychological counselling sessions provided for low income patients and/or caregivers
The average age of patients accessing Comprehensive Cleft Care
Patients who are benefiting from ‘Práctica en Línea’ a website with games and guides to improve Speech Therapy outcomes for patients with cleft
Stories of Success
In our impact report, we shared that, thanks to our monthly Bright Start donors, we were able to exceptionally arrange surgery for 11 children in the capital city, Yangon. Among those children, a photo of Yoon* and her father, Phyo was featured. Early in 2020, Phyo and his wife Aung learned they would be expecting…
Dan, a bicycle mechanic, and Hellen, a stay-at-home mother, reside on the shores of the swampy Lake Kyoga, along with their two children – Janet and Innocent. In mid-2021, they expanded their family and welcomed a third child, who they would name Esther. It wasn’t until the delivery day that the local health centre discovered…
Vineesh was born in 2012 to a humble family living in the village of Neriya, India near the coastal region of Karnataka. He has two siblings whom he enjoys playing with. Vineesh enthusiastically attends school each day and hopes to grow up to be a teacher. He excels at mathematics, which happens to be his…
Eight-year-old Rachel and her family live atop a lush mountain in rural Costa Rica, about 30 minutes from the nearest town – Cartago. She enjoys taking care of her pet hamster, and playing on her swing outside in the fresh air. She attends a one-roomed schoolhouse, and her favourite subject is Math. Her father operates…
We are often asked how TF came to be. As longtime friends of TF will know, our co-founder and Board Chair, Jackie, has a deep personal connection to our work, as she was born with a cleft lip and palate. We are delighted that Jackie has chosen to share some of her story. Our co-founder…
Samantha is an absolute chatterbox. She is a bubbly and energetic two-year-old, who loves meeting new people. When members of the Transforming Faces’ team visited her family in early April, we noticed this right away. She was keen to share her speech therapy homework that she enjoys doing with her mother, Jimena, and was proudly…
Our Partners in Cleft Care
TF has been supporting partners in Chile since 2012.
Our Partnerships in Chile
- Fundación Gantz, Santiago
- ONG Cleft, Santiago
- Hospital Dr. Luis Calvo Mckenna, Santiago