Costa Rica

 

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COUNTRY PROFILE

  • Population: 4.9 million
  • Partner: Asociación Pro Niño con Labio y/o Paladar hendido (Asociación LPH)
  • Based in: San Jose
  • Partner since: 2017

PROGRAM FOCUS

  • In collaboration with the National Children’s Hospital, ensure that newborns with cleft have access to care and begin their treatment on time
  • Improve speech and communication of children and young adults with cleft

RECENT SUCCESSES

  • Signed partnership agreement with Transforming Faces in 2017
  • Launched a national awareness campaign through links with the Ministry of Education, reaching all public schools in Costa Rica
  • In 2020, 149 families received care in partnership with Asociación Pro Niño con Labio y/o Paladar Hendido (LPH).

KEY CHALLENGES

  • Quality Equipment: LPH requires new equipment, including “VPI bulb” to assist with developing speech and communications skills.
  • Training: Team requires training in NAM application, used to reshape a baby’s nose, lips and gums prior to surgery for better outcomes.

WHAT OUR PARTNERS ARE SAYING

“We are especially grateful for the attention provided by TF in 2020. We have felt supported and guided during this difficult year.” – Angelica Campos, LPH

Program Updates

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