The Eni Foundation devised and implemented a project in Indonesia to treat congenital disorders such as cleft lip and palate.

About the project

The project supported by the Eni Foundation focused its resources on a key building: the provincial hospital in the city of Tarakan in East Kalimantan, the second-largest province in Indonesia by area, on the island of Borneo. Here the rate of congenital malformations, cleft lip and palate included, is made worse by a shortage of facilities and doctors. Tarakan Hospital had a particularly severe lack of plastic surgeons. A new cleft lip and palate centre was founded within the city's new hospital. The project lasted three years, from 2009 to 2011, and cost approximately €500,000

Our achievements

We achieved the following results:

  • 190 children received operations
  • we trained a total of 20 doctors and nurses
  • we provided the equipment and surgical tools required for the programme


Aims of the project

The aim of the project at its launch was to create a centre of excellence dedicated to the treatment of cleft lip and palate, involving:

  • surgical missions, with particularly serious cases flown to Italy if they could not be treated locally
  • the supply of medical and surgical equipment and instruments
  • specialist intensive training programmes for local medical staff to internationally accredited surgical standards.

Our partners

The Eni Foundation financed the project, working in partnership with:

  • Smile Train Italy, which carried out all the procedures
  • the Indonesian Ministry of Health and the administrative and healthcare authorities of Tarakan