Fast Facts


  • Population: 17.4 million
  • Partner: Fundación Gantz
  • Based in: Santiago
  • Partner since: 2012


  • TF is investing in building capacity for this centre of excellence, and Fundación Gantz is among the foremost leaders in providing comprehensive cleft care in Latin America
  • Supporting the centre’s specialists in sharing their knowledge with other professionals in South America, and beyond


  • In 2020, TF’s local partner, Fundación Gantz, was impacted by government lockdown measures, which suspended in-person services and caused a backlog of appointments once restrictions were lifted. With the support provided by TF to upgrade its facilities and medical database, Fundación Gantz was able to safely meet the increase in demand for in-person care. 
  • In 2020, 1,041 families benefited from TF’s support in the region, in partnership with Fundación Gantz.
  • Organizing the 2nd Andean Cleft Congress in 2016, bringing together experts from across the region
  • Training regional cleft care professionals on techniques like nasoalveolar moulding (NAM), which is used to reshape the nose, gums and lips of babies before surgery


  • High demand for cleft care services: The successes of Gantz’s experienced, comprehensive team have created a high demand for the team’s services beyond their current capacity to deliver

Learn more about our work in Chile!

Listen to Caring for Cleft: Episode 3 – How a 3D Cleft Palate Simulator is Transforming Cleft Surgery

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