NCF partners with Indonesian NGOs and hospitals to provide free surgery for cleft patients


NCF partners with Indonesian NGO and hospitals to provide 

free surgery for cleft patients 

The Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation (NCF) and Yayasan Senyum Nalendra Indonesia (YSNI) have signed a memorandum of understanding on July 23rd, 2021, to launch a cooperation in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. The cooperation aims at providing 100 cases of free surgery and transportation subsidy for cleft patients in Lombok and other remote islands of the province.

The representatives from the General Hospital of West Nusa Tenggara (RSUP NTB) and Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Surabaya also participated in the virtual signing ceremony as cooperation partners.

"NCF is glad to launch the new cooperation in Indonesia, especially in the difficult time of COVID pandemic," the CEO of NCE Chen Yi-ling said. "Indonesia is the 6th country in the Comprehensive Cleft Care Program, following by Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, China, and Pakistan. NCF will work closely with YSNI and RSUP NTB  to help more cleft patients in West Nusa Tenggara receives comprehensive care and treatment," Chen noted.

The NCF has started the cleft project in Indonesia in 2004. The project has sponsored 16 Indonesian medical personnel for medical training and 6 times cleft missions in Java, Sulawesi, and Lombok, as well as the donation of medical sutures and instruments.

"I was sponsored by NCF as a medical fellow in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in 2018. It was fruitful training because I witness how a multidisciplinary craniofacial center treats cleft patients with a compact medical team. I hope the YSNI and NCF could work together based on the team-based approach to help more cleft patients in Indonesia," Dr. Umu Istikharoh, the chairperson of YSNI, said.

Dr. Lalu Herman Mahaputra, the director of RSUP NTB, express his gratitude to cooperate with the NCF and YSNI. "The RSUP NTB is the main hospital in the province of West Nusa Tenggara. We sincerely hope the cooperation could help more poor patients with cleft lip and palate to receive surgery and treatments", he said.

The NCF is set up in 1989 in Taiwan to provide comprehensive care for patients with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other craniofacial deformities in Taiwan and across the world. The NCF has completed 87 times of medical mission, training 182 medical personnel from 23 countries, and sponsoring comprehensive cleft care project in 6 countries since 1998.

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