Cleft Palate Surgeries

Nicaraguan Mother and baby

An active member of CT Quest, Carl Bailey has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund a variety of projects in Nicaragua.  One of these projects includes funding medical expeditions to perform cleft palate surgeries  on young children.  Carl personally has organized a team of doctors and nurses from Columbia Presbyterian, Emory and Tufts Universities to journey to Nicaragua to perform these surgeries and has gotten the commitment to continue these missions over the next few years.   To date they have operated on 412 children with a high success rate.  Their lives have been changed forever, thanks to Carl and the tremendous generosity of the participating physicians, nurses and other support staff.

Cleft palate is a serious birth deformity that prevents many children from eating and speaking properly, along with the shame and isolation they may experience because of their appearance.  Unfortunately many children in third world countries cannot afford to repair their cleft palates and many doctors in developing countries do not know how to perform this type of surgery.  CT Quest works with local health clinics to identify children who need the surgery the most, and through generous donations we are able to make these children smile.

To make a donation today to help fund cleft palate surgeries.

You can make it available to poor families who need it most

She’s expecting—but not expecting prenatal care.

U.S. Doctors and Nurses Performing Cleft Palate Surgery She is young, poor and pregnant. Whether she lives in Nicaragua’s countryside or a crowded Managuan barrio, she’s equally removed from decent prenatal care.

Almost one third of all Nicaraguan teenage girls are pregnant or have given birth. Since Nicaragua’s government spends four times more on foreign debt repayment than healthcare, statistics tell a grim story:

  • Maternal death rates are 200 times higher in Nicaragua than the U.S.
  • 72 out of every 1,000 Nicaraguan children die at birth—compared to 9.8 out of 1,000 births in the U.S.
  • 500,000 Latin American children die annually from preventable conditions like diarrhea and respiratory infections.
  • The only medical care for Nicaragua’s poor comes from state-paid physicians. In 2006 doctors’ salaries were so low the physicians went on strike leaving poor people without healthcare for 14 weeks.

Community-based healthcare stretches your donated dollars

For chronic infection, serious disease and complex injuries, poor Nicaraguan people rely on a handful of free clinics and local health centers. To maximize healthcare resources, CT Quest works with community-based partners in Nicaragua and the U.S. to provide:

  • Antibiotics, antimalarial drugs, vaccines and other essential medications donated to CT Quest by Catholic Medical Mission Board.
  • Support for two free clinics in the crowded inner city Barrio El Recreo and Barrio Schick.
  • Funding for a free clinic in rural Somotillo that serves the children of the Ibra school and greater rural community.
  • Eye examinations and glasses for the needy through an eye clinic in Managua’s Barrio el Recreo. Examination equipment and glasses are donated by Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH).
  • Wheelchairs, walkers, bandages, vitamins and over-the-counter medications as part of our humanitarian aid cargo shipments.