Hanford, California may be far away from Ukraine and Brazil, but we love to report on what Rotarians are doing all over the world.
Treating children with cleft palate is a complex, multidisciplinary procedure involving surgeons, dentists, orthodontists, speech pathologists, and psychologists. But in Ukraine, these professionals are not accustomed to working together. A partnership was formed between Rotarians in Ukraine and Brazil to train Ukrainian specialists in effective collaborative methods to treat these children, with the Rotary Club of Kyiv Multinational hosting a vocational training team of Brazilian doctors.
The Brazilian specialists have become world leaders in cleft palate treatment since Brazil established a national center of expertise in Bauru, São Paulo, where children from all over their country receive treatment. Their training of Ukrainian professionals was aimed at improving the quality and outcomes of corrective surgeries on children with cleft palate.