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Online therapies: safer, simpler, and better results

Taking advantage of the change to a more digitalized world that favored the coronavirus crisis, Jiwaqui has started offering speech therapies and psychological consultations online since June 1st. Previously, it had at times been very difficult for many patients to regularly attend their therapy sessions, especially if they lived far from Jiwaqui's office in La Paz. "Now, through this new form of online consultation, which makes regular participation every week easier for them, patients are missing fewer appointments and as a result better improvements can be seen," says Claudia, a speech therapist in La Paz. Online consultations are currently held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with patients from La Paz, El Alto and some of the provinces. Therapy sessions are held through Zoom if possible, or through a Whatsapp video call.

Focus on further education in Bolivia

Dr. Adolfo Mamani and our Jiwaqui Bolivia team are committed to offering their patients only the best possible care. To ensure this, he and his team are continuously educating themselves further. From January 2 to 22, Dr. Mamani, nurse Jasminia and the two speech therapists Claudia and Shirley participated in a training seminar at Fundación Gantz in Santiago de Chile, which included a three-week rotation with the experienced cleft surgeons and speech therapists of the Hospital Del Niño Con Fisura. The professional exchange with the Chilean doctors and therapists was very productive and the team returned to La Paz highly motivated to apply what they learned to the benefit of their Bolivian patients.

Sharing skills

Skill development and dissemination of specialist knowledge between our medical professionals is crucial to guarantee that all cleft patients experience optimal outcomes from their treatment. In this spirit, we are happy to announce that Cleft Bolivia language therapist Claudia Bautista Mamani will participate in the Comprehensive Cleft Care workshop in Lima in October. The participation fee for the workshop was waived for Claudia, and DCKH additionally supports her participation with a travel subsidy. The remaining funds come from Claudia and Jiwaqui. After the workshop, she is to receive additional specialist training by speech therapist Margot Luque Tipula of the Cleft Peru partner organization QORITO and other members of the Peruvian interdisciplinary cleft team.

Congress for labiopalatinal fissure - a great success

From July 31st to August 2nd, some 200 international medical professionals in the field of cleft treatment, including surgeons, language therapists, orthodontists, and psychologists, met in La Paz to discuss the interdisciplinary treatment of cleft. Also present were parents of cleft children, who have organized into an interest group. The event was organized and hosted by one of the two Cleft Bolivia surgeons and project managers, Dr Adolfo Mamani.

First international congress for labiopalatinal fissure

From July 31 to August 2, 2019, Cleft Bolivia partner Jiwaqui Bolivia, along with the Bolivian association for cleft lip and palate and cranofacial deformities, the Bolivian society of pediatric surgery, and the Bolivian national health insurance's obstetric and pediatric hospital, are hosting the First international congress for labiopalatinal fissure in La Paz, Bolivia. Attendees include DCKH doctor Prof. Dr. med. Frank Feyerherd, doctors from DCKH Peruvian partner Organización Qorito, and other international Cleft experts.

Download the congress poster here, and the detailed program here!