Welcome to Cleft Bolivia!

What is Cleft Bolivia?

Cleft Bolivia is a cooperation of German and Bolivian NGOs. Our goal is to give all Bolivians suffering from cleft lip and palate, a common birth defect, free access to the best possible treatment for their condition. To achieve this, we collect donations and use them to fund surgeries performed by our Bolivian partner surgeons at hospitals throughout the country.

Who we are

Cleft Bolivia was initiated by the German NGO Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe (DCKH) and Bolivian organizations Cleft Bolivia Amar y Sanar and Jiwaqui Bolivia. The goal of Cleft Bolivia is to provide optimal treatment to all Bolivians suffering from cleft. The care for cleft patients in Bolivia is not easy, due to the fact that many families in need are living in remote regions of the country that are hard to access, and many poor families have no access to proper treatment.

The aid structure

We provide our support in Bolivia through a cooperation of Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe (DCKH), headquartered in Germany, with two Bolivian non-profit organizations: Jiwaqui Bolivia and Cleft Bolivia Amar y Sanar.

Jiwaqui Bolivia

Jiwaqui Bolivia was founded in 2015 by pediatric surgeon and director of the organization Dr. Adolfo Mamani. He treats cleft patients throughout the country. Since Cleft treatment is complex, he works at the head of an interdisciplinary team of professionals. DCKH started the cooperation with Jiwaqui Bolivia in 2015, starting off in La Paz. Since then Dr. Mamani has performed hundreds of surgeries, 200 in 2018 alone.

Cleft Bolivia Amar y Sanar

The cooperation with Cleft Bolivia Amar y Sanar has been ongoing since 2009. This organization, based in Tarija, was founded by plastic surgeon Dr. Mario Villalba. The organization aims to help families of children from all parts of the country who suffer from cleft lip and palate, embarking on missions to all regions of the country, such as treating children from the surrounding lowland Bolivian rainforest in the city of Trinidad, or operating in the Andes mountains city of Cochabamba, as well as  yearly surgical campaigns to Yacuiba, Camiri, Riveralta, and Guayaramerín.

Dr Villalba operates on up to 100 children every year, 57 in 2018.


The Bolivian partners provide children and adults suffering from cleft with the specialized medical care needed, including surgical interventions, comprehensive follow-up, and rehabilitation. A particular focus is on disadvantaged populations that might otherwise not have access to treatment for the condition. To support the effort, they organize training courses, awareness campaigns, conferences, workshops, and professional exchanges, as well as encourage and develop research programs related to cleft.

DCKH raises donations to pay for the treatments and provides organizational support.

You can find further information about the organisations here: