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.
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.
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
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In addition to Indonesia, we operate in nine Countries:
Italy, Mexico, Algeria, Egypt, Myanmar, Mozambique, Ghana, Angola, Republic of the Congo.